State awards Marblehead $523K coastal resilience grant

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Marblehead landed a $523,220 state grant from the Office of Coastal Zone Management in Plymouth on Monday.

Marblehead’s allocation is one of 27 coastal resilience grants that the Coastal Zone Management awarded – cumulatively worth $12.6 million in the program’s Fiscal Year 2023 funding round.

Over the next two years, the town plans to put money toward the continuation of “public outreach, advance design plans and begin permitting for infrastructure retrofits to reduce flooding impacts along the shoreline encompassing the Municipal Light Department and adjacent properties.”

The Marblehead project will improve public access and protection for the Marblehead Municipal Light Department and adjoining public lands.

This CZM grant award is the third awarded to Marblehead – cumulatively worth $768,470 – as the town endeavors to reinforce coastal resilience along the Marblehead Harbor for the at-risk project area encompassing the light department headquarters and the following adjoining public parcels:

  • Hammond Park
  • Parkers Boat Yard
  • Commercial Street Pier
  • Marblehead Yacht Club
  • Cliff Street Boat Yard

Other Coastal Zone Management grants awarded to Marblehead:

  • $93,545 in the fiscal year 2020: Assessed the vulnerability of municipally owned facilities and infrastructure in Marblehead Harbor to current and future flooding and sea level rise.
  • $151,705 in the fiscal year 2022: Conducted a detailed vulnerability assessment of the Municipal Light Department, Hammond Park and adjoining public infrastructure and develop alternatives to mitigate flooding and sea level rise impact

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