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BoatUS Bestows Access Award to Save the Great Kills Park Marina, Staten Island
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GREAT KILLS, NY, July 21, 2015 - After first being broadsided and demolished by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and then hitting a formidable wall of government bureaucracy, the future of Staten Island’s Nichol’s Great Kills Marina wasn’t always assured. But through the dedicated grassroots efforts of boaters, eager elected officials, a forward thinking marina operator, and a renewed partnership and investment with the US National Park Service, hundreds gathered over the weekend to celebrate the official re-opening of the 200-slip public marina located on Staten Island’s Great Kills Harbor.
To give thanks and acknowledgement of those efforts, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) honored the citizen-led Save the Great Kills Park Marina Community with a BoatUS Receational Boating Access Award, given to those who preserve or grow recreational boating access to the water. The marina, part of Gateway National Recreational Area, has been known for providing affordable boating access to generations of New York and New Jersey boating families.
“This is the result of three years of fighting,” said Save the Great Kills Park Marina Community member and boater Fred DeLise in a Staten Island Advance newspaper report. “National Parks closed this place down after Sandy and we, as a community, took it personally.” In a stunning reversal of a decision made shortly after Sandy devastated the marina, the National Park Service agreed to extend the marina operator’s permit for three years, the maximum allowable under the law.
To reopen, the members on DeLise’s committee battled red tape to substantially reconstruct the harbor with sustainability in mind. Today, much taller pilings that were driven deeper into the harbor bottom will prevent “rafts” of piers and boats from floating off and blowing across the harbor in the next bad storm.
The marina also received funding through the Sandy Relief Bill, according to Senator Charles Schumer, who along with former Representative Michael Grimm, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, BoatUS and Save the Great Kills Park Marina Community worked together to keep the marina open.
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BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.