New York port receives grant to boost boating

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New York Sen. Charles Schumer announced a $1.45 million grant to revitalize the Port of Rochester (N.Y.) and boost boating and recreation on Lake Ontario.

The funding will be used to construct a new marina at the port, add 64 transient slips with dockside utilities, create a deep-draft safe harbor, create an access point for the city of Rochester and provide boater services and education on Lake Ontario.

The funds for these improvements come from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Boating Infrastructure Grant Program.

"Recreational boating on Lake Ontario means big business for Rochester and the surrounding communities," Schumer said in a statement. "This grant is the final piece of the funding puzzle needed for Rochester to start the major development project of the public marina and will greatly improve our boating infrastructure, boosting the economy and creating new economic opportunities for our waterfront-related businesses, while generating at least 90 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs in the process."

The grant clears the way for Rochester to construct its new marina in spring 2012.

Funding for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund. Boaters and manufacturers support the fund through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.