“Today we begin a period of new opportunity for the Charlotte Neighborhood and the city of Rochester,” said Mayor Richards. “A modern, attractive port will transform the Charlotte Neighborhood into a major waterfront destination on Lake Ontario. We greatly appreciate the involvement and support of the Charlotte community, Monroe County, the State of New York and the U.S. government in helping bring this project from concept to reality.”
The Marina will be a catalyst for development that will create up to 2,500 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs. It will create a new stretch of waterfront property, increasing the value of public land that is currently vacant and not generating revenue.
NEW BUFFALO – The New Buffalo Harbor Commission dedicated most of its Nov. 7 meeting to revising the rules and regulations for the city boat ramp on the Galien River and discussing issues related to the rental of canoes and kayaks at the city beach.
“We want to discuss how we can fully utilize our boat launch to help our public get their time on the water and to help ourselves make money to be able to keep the boat launch in good repair,” said Chairman Nancy Smith in her opening statement. “We have the advantage of a harbor which attracts many visitors who come to see the lake and want to get closer by entering the boating world.”
Commissioners also discussed the pending lease with Ryan Gerard of Third Coast Surf Shop, which has held concession for watercraft rental at the beach. Although Gerard was unable to attend the meeting, Smith said she had spoken with him about his plans for ensuring the safety of both his customers and the other boaters in the harbor.
November 12, 2013 - Centerpointe Yacht Services LLC closed on the acquisition of Great Lakes Yacht Services, Inc. of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on October 11, 2013, making CenterPointe the largest service yard in northeast Wisconsin. The purchase includes 4 acres of waterfront land with over 800’ of dockwall, a 70 ton Marine Travelift, and 110,000 square feet of buildings housing six dedicated shops for woodworking, machining & metal fabrication, electrical, engine/mechanical, rigging and fiberglass. The property was formerly owned and operated by Palmer Johnson Yachts. The new facilities have been merged with Centerpointe’s existing service and storage facilities in Sturgeon Bay. In addition to the shop space, the combined operations now consist of over 100,000 square feet of indoor boat storage and a dedicated 15,000 square foot new and brokerage showroom. CenterPointe’s newly expanded service capabilities range from small outboard powerboats to large custom yachts.
Ohio will receive a $500,000 federal grant from the Fiscal Year 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Wednesday.
This grant will support the restoration initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. It will be used to implement field studies and lab experiments that assess the quality of Lake Erie.
“It is excellent news that Ohio is the first state to receive these federal funds so we can better protect water quality in Western Lake Erie,” Brown said. “Addressing toxic algal blooms is critical to protecting Ohio’s drinking water and the thousands of fishing, boating and recreation jobs that depend on clean and safe waters.”
Last month, the United States Geological Survey released a report confirming four grass carp were born and raised in the Sandusky River. Earlier this year, Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists found one grass carp born and raised in the Maumee River.
This is cause for alarm, because it suggests that a pair of infamous “cousins” of the grass carp, the bighead and silver carp, could thrive in Lake Erie tributaries.
Grass carp are a subspecies of the non-native Asian carp. Though not nearly as destructive as the bighead and silver carp, grass carp are not benign, either. They eat large marine plants, which in turn can affect fish and waterfowl habitat.
To reduce the algae blooms that threaten Lake Erie’s tourism economy and public health, phosphorus runoff into northwestern Ohio tributaries to the lake should be cut by 40 percent, a state task force recommended yesterday.
Neighboring states and Canada must also make the lake a priority if its health is to be restored, members of the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force said.
“It’s extremely critical,” said Jeff Reutter, the director of the Ohio Sea Grant College program and Stone Laboratory on the lake.
Two scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, have developed a technique to monitor ice cover on the Great Lakes, using satellites hundreds of miles up in space. And, the technology is said to be accurate enough to detect an icebreaker cutting open a channel of water through the ice at night.
“In the dark, it’s difficult to read a map that’s right in front of you,” Son Nghiem of NASA and one of the developers of the new technique, said in statement. “Yet we now have a way to use satellite radars almost 500 miles [800 kilometers] out in space to see through clouds and darkness and map ice across the Great Lakes.”
A couple of local anglers had pretty special seasons.
Mary Ellen Fosbrink of Delmont won second place in the steelhead division of the 2013 Fall Lake Ontario Counties fishing derby.
Fosbrink was fishing with “fishing pal” Frank Yantos of Delmont, trolling a black raspberry Northern Kin spoon 70 feet down in 213 feet of water. They had an E-chip at the head of the spoon.
Fosbrink reeled in a 14-pound, 7-ounce steelhead. That turned out to be the biggest of its kind on the first day of the two-day tournament, winning her $100. She placed second overall in the competition and won another $1,000 for that. She finished second overall in the tournament once before, in 2007.
Joan Vinette appreciates Lake Superior, and she wants others who live near its shores to appreciate it, too.
Vinette, a Michigan State University Extension educator in Alger County, developed the Life of Lake Superior Youth Program 13 years ago in response to what she saw as a disconnect between area youths and the vast natural resource in their midst.
Local governments in Canada and Michigan have approved resolutions opposing Ontario Power Generation's plans for a deep geological repository in Kincardine, Ontario.
The repository would store low and intermediate level waste 680 meters underground within a mile of Lake Huron's shoreline.
Toledo and Oregon have also approved resolutions in the past three months, since Lake Erie receives 95 percent of its water from Lake Huron.
Longtime Port Clinton resident Victoria Clemons wrote a letter to Port Clinton council in August, asking them to do the same.
Detroit— Between his accounting and finance courses at Wayne State University, Kwan Stafford sneaks in a trip to Belle Isle whenever he can for something a little less taxing — fishing.
The angling has allowed Stafford, 33, to notice one of several environmental issues Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources isn’t expected to address if it eventually takes over running the park. A state emergency loan board will decide this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, whether the state will operate Belle Isle for the next 10 or 30 years and under what conditions.
Under the 30-plus pages of the proposed lease agreement between the Snyder administration and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, the state would take on some of the island’s more obvious problems: picking up trash and getting the bathrooms functioning.
Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed into law Public Acts 159 and 160, which brings Sales Tax on the Difference (STOD) for Automobiles, RVs and Boats to Michigan.
In a release, Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) applauded the decision because with this new law, Michigan will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage with its neighboring states when it comes to watercraft sales.
Currently, all of Michigan’s surrounding states have STOD, allowing consumers to only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the new purchase price.