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North Indian River Inlet Marina Complex
Delaware Seashore State Park

State Managed Rehabilitation and Modernization Plan

Status Report

December 2002

Prepared by: W. Britt Murray
Chief, Office of Design & Development
Division of Parks and Recreation

December 16, 2002

Safety Improvements:

Numerous safety improvement issues have been addressed since the Bond Bill Committee notified the Division that we would indeed be responsible for planning, design, reconstruction and operation of this marina as opposed to a private partnership.

The deteriorated bulkhead, which caused sidewalk undermining and the creation of sinkholes, has been rehabilitated. The old sidewalk was removed; lower waterside structural members replaced/repaired, holes in bulkhead patched, landside of bulkhead filled and grass planted. A new sidewalk has been constructed immediately adjacent to the existing parking, approximately 30 feet from the bulkhead, thereby directing pedestrian traffic to use this travel way as opposed to walking adjacent to the bulkhead. This repair to the bulkhead was designed to protect landside structures and utilities and to last at least until the entire structure is replaced in the winter of 2003.

New overhead light fixtures have been installed to replace the old, sometimes inactive fixtures. This provides patrons with reliable lighting for safety and security reasons.

Repairs to the docks are underway in the form of the installation of 'diamond-plate' aluminum plates in walkways and gussets (triangular structural components joining main walkways with finger piers). This plating addresses severe deterioration of the old dock system. Before these repairs were started, there were reports of people stepping on deteriorated sections and having them break away and fall into the marina basin. These repairs will be completed by the 2003 boating season and are anticipated to last until the entire dock system is replaced by the 2005 boating season. Also, during the gusset/walkway repairs, any power posts determined to be electrically or structurally unsafe are being replaced.

Public Involvement:

To date, the Division has solicited input (via in person discussion and a customer survey) and provided information to the general public and slipholders on two occasions. A public open house was held on August 23rd to describe the conceptual plan for the reconstruction of the marina and the associated schedule of activities (exactly as was voted on and passed in May/June by the Committee).

The Division initially received a less than favorable reception from the slipholders; specifically they stated that their interests were not being addressed in as timely a fashion as they would have liked. Constructive suggestions were offered regarding the scheduling of the Dry Stack storage facility being constructed first and the associated loss of 25' wet slips, even though, from the owners perspective, this was the most economically feasible way to optimize the cash flow of generating early revenue to fund improvements.

These comments were used to modify the plan approved by the Committee, which had 192 wet slips ranging in size from 35' to 50' in length and 192 Dry Stack slips for 30' and under boats. The slipholders message was clear, "build new docks, dredge the marina basin and rectify electric problems on the docks as quickly as possible". We utilized their comments to modify the conceptual plan and the associated schedule of activities. These modified plans were presented to the group at the second meeting on November 1st.

In essence, the new schedule reflects the following; construction of one-half the docks, with upgraded electric, one-half the dredging, the construction of the new bulkhead, boat ramp, travel lift and fuel dock completed by the 2004 boating season as opposed to the old plan which would not have these components replaced until the 2006 boating season. The current plan now has 274 wet slips and 174 Dry Stack slips. These numbers could change slightly as we progress further with design. This change in the number of wet slips has increased the cost of the reconstruction by approximately $2 million. This additional capital expenditure can be absorbed by utilizing federal US Fish & Wildlife funds for the boat ramp construction and modifying the timing and value of principle and interest payments to the Parks Endowment fund, while still remaining within the $8.8 million and twenty year payback limits established by epilogue language.

The slipholders were most appreciative of this modified plan and schedule at our meeting on November 1st and showed strong support for the Division to accomplish this. By making these modifications to the plan, we can assure every current slipholder will have a wet slip, if they choose to stay in a wet slip, when the reconstruction is complete.

The Division is finalizing the creation of a website to keep interested parties apprised of the planning and design status and to continue to solicit comments from our users. We hope to have the website up and running by the end of January 2003.

Marina Planning, Design, Construction:

The Division has hired the following professional services to assist in the planning, design and construction management for the reconstruction; Baker Associates, Landscape Architects/Planners to act as Owner's professional expert regarding land use, circulation (both vehicular and pedestrian), site layout and design, aesthetics, customer orientation, landscaping, etc. We have also retained the services of Applied Technology Management (ATM), internationally recognized experts in the field of environmental and coastal engineering to address all water-based regulatory permitting, design and construction documentation for the reconstruction of the marina basin including; wet slips, Dry Stack storage, fuel dock upgrades, boat ramp reconstruction, bulkhead replacement and associated necessary infrastructure.

The schedule to accomplish these tasks is very aggressive in order to meet our patron's wishes. We must have the design completed to the point where permit applications can be submitted by April 2003 in order to be able to bid, award and begin construction by October 2003. The window for dredging is limited to September through December and we must be able to accommodate our customers by April 2004.

In addition to the assistance from our consultants, an in-house committee comprised of a staff engineer, architect, revenue manager, marina manager, construction project managers and Parks section managers meet weekly to review the progress of construction planning, develop policies for and evaluate the proposed operational issues.

Staff have also toured privately run facilities to ascertain the most effective and efficient management principles, maintenance and operation procedures and customer service practices utilized by these businesses.

Preliminary plans will be submitted to and reviewed by the Joint Permit Processing Committee on December 19th. This a group of regulatory officials representing; the Corps of Engineers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Fish and Wildlife Division, the State Historic Preservation Office, the State Water Resources Division specifically Wetlands and Subaqueous land permitting personnel.

Overnight Accommodations Planning, Design, Construction:

The Division is conducting all planning, design and construction management for the various overnight accommodations and architectural building modifications in-house.

The twelve cottages will be constructed along the inlet in time for the 2004 season.

The improvements to the campground should be completed by the 2005 season.

We have had very successful experiences with the various overnight accommodations opportunities we offer at other parks; camping (both tent and RV), cabins and yurts at Lums Pond, Killens Pond, Trap Pond, Cape Henlopen and other areas within Delaware Seashore State Park.

Please recall that although these improvements are funded via federal Land and Water Conservation Funds, all net revenue generated (for a period of eight years) at these facilities will be utilized to fund marina improvements and/or pay back the loan from the Endowment Fund.

Letter to Slip holders, October 18, 2002

Status Report - December 2002 - Letter to Slipholders (click for full size picture)...

Comparison of August 23rd and November 1st Plans

Status Report - December 2002 - Comparison of Plans (click for full size picture)...


Gusset and Dock Repairs
• Before repairs – 2 photos
• After repairs – 2 photos

Pier 'C', deteriorated "gusset"

Status Report - December 2002 - Pier C, Deteriorated Gusset (click for full size picture)...

Close-up of deteriorated "gusset"

Status Report - December 2002 - Pier C, Deteriorated Gusset, Close-up (click for full size picture)...

Pier 'A': Example of completed ‘gusset’ repair

Status Report - December 2002 - Pier A, Gusset Repair (click for full size picture)...

Pier 'A': Example of completed ‘gusset’ and dock repair

Status Report - December 2002 - Pier A, Gusset and Dock Repair (click for full size picture)...


Bulkhead and Sidewalk Repairs
• Before repairs – 3 photos
• After repairs – 3 photos

Illustration of sidewalk settlement: Note how land side is dropped

Status Report - December 2002 - Sidewalk Settlement (click for full size picture)...

Illustration of undermining sidewalk caused by fill material leaching through holes in bulkhead and repairs in progress

Status Report - December 2002 - Sidewalk Cutaway and Repair in Progress (click for full size picture)...

Close-up of ‘sinkhole’ created by leaching of fill through holes in bulkhead

Status Report - December 2002 - Sidewalk Sinkhole (click for full size picture)...

New Sidewalk under construction: Note separation from bulkhead preventing users from encountering ‘sinkholes’

Status Report - December 2002 - New Sidewalk Under Construction (click for full size picture)...

Completed Sidewalk: North of Operations Building

Status Report - December 2002 - New Sidewalk Completed North of Operations Building (click for full size picture)...

Completed Sidewalk: South of Operations Building

Status Report - December 2002 - New Sidewalk Completed South of Operations Building (click for full size picture)...


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