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The Indian River Inlet Marina property was purchased by the State of Delaware in June, 1971. Prior to that, a privately run marina operated at this site for several decades. The existing docks were installed in 1981 and expanded in 1988. The marina currently contains 292 wetslips, fuel and pump-out services, a public boat landing, a marina operations building, a fish cleaning station, and a marine services area. Prior to renovations, the existing marina infrastructure, particularly the timber floating docks, was at the end of its anticipated lifespan and required replacement.

Improvements include the following:

  • Removal of existing floating docks and construction of 274 new wetslips (112 Phase I; 162 Phase II). New slips will be ADA accessible.
  • Dredging of approximately 62,000 cy in marina basin (32,000 Phase 1; 30,000 Phase II) and construction of upland Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) on site.
  • Reconstruction of existing public boat landing and provision for 60 boat trailer spaces.
  • Construction of drystack storage building (174 berths up to 30), associated staging docks, upland fuel dispensing system, and dropwell. One staging dock to be ADA accessible.
  • Construction of fixed concrete piers for travel lift (existing recessed well to be filled in).
  • Environmental upgrades (sand filters, oil and water separators, etc.) to marine services and drystack area.
  • Construction of new shoreline protection/stabilization consisting of vertical sheetpile and rip-rap at appropriate areas.
  • Replacement of existing fixed fuel dock with floating fuel dock. Potential upgrade to in-slip fueling for adjacent charter boats. Fuel/charter dock to be ADA accessible.
  • Construction of additional parking and associated storm water management improvements.
  • Construction of 12 ADA accessible cottages, associated parking, and storm water management improvements.

No impacts to tidal or freshwater wetlands are proposed. Every attempt to utilize existing disturbed areas and minimize the associated impacts to the uplands is being made.

1996 Aerial Photo

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