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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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and Environmental Control

 
STATUS REPORT, MAY 2004


North Indian River Inlet Marina Complex
Delaware Seashore State Park

State Managed Rehabilitation and Modernization Plan

Status Report

May 2004

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

August 24, 2004


Status Report - May 2003 - Aerial View - Feb. 2003 (click for medium size picture)...

2003 Aerial Photo (Prior to Phase I Renovation)

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• 1970: Indian River Marina/Burtons Island purchased by State
• 1980-81: First major renovation (anticipated lifespan; 15 years)
• 1988: Added charter docks and additional recreational slips


In 1996 the Division of Parks contracted with Applied Technology &  Management (ATM) to conduct an engineering study and develop recommendations for reconstruction


• 1996: Engineering study/recommended reconstruction plan completed
• 1996,97,98,99: Unsuccessful request for Bond Bill funding to implement reconstruction plan
• 2000,2001: Bond Bill Committee directed Parks to evaluate and investigate Public/Private partnership
• Goal: State develop master plan, private partner implement publicly accepted plan


2002 Site Plan


• 2002: Developed financing plan to utilize a portion of the 21st Century Parks Endowment Fund for capital investment

The Parks Endowment, with a value of $15 Million was created from a federal court settlement requiring the State of New York to pay the State of Delaware liquidated assets from bankrupt New York-based companies that were incorporated in Delaware. Parks benefit from the interest generated on the endowment investments.

Key point: Reconstruction funds did not come from State taxes or the General Assembly but rather was borrowed from an existing endowment.

• Financing Parameters: Borrow capital funds from Endowment, repay loan (with interest it would have generated) within 20 years.
• June 2002: General Assembly directed Parks to implement State Plan

• Safety Improvements 2003: Implemented safety improvements at marina while completing bidding documents for reconstruction
 


Deteriorated deck on floating docks


Aluminum plate reinforced dock repair


Sinkholes caused by fill material leaching through holes in bulkhead


New sidewalk: separation from bulkhead prevents users from encountering ‘sinkholes’



Public meetings were held throughout 2002 and 2003 to inform the public and accept input for final design plans.

SLIPHOLDERS' PRIMARY CONCERNS:
• Repair/upgrade floating docks
• Dredge marina basin
• Upgrade electric service on docks


This plan will be implemented/phased over a four-year period


Marina reconstruction contract signing, September 2003: (from left to right) Larry Kuhn, Kuhn Construction, Governor Ruth Ann Minner, DNREC Secretary John Hughes, Parks Director Charles Salkin



Floating Docks


September 2003...


Docks being demolished


 

Reason docks are being removed


 

Basin with south side docks removed


Floating dock components being delivered


Assembly of floating docks


Assembly is similar to jigsaw puzzle



Icing of the marina basin



Work continues in the cold



 

Completed construction of floating docks on southern half of basin



 

Existing floating docks on north half of basin, to be replaced for 2005 season



Dredging...

 

Mid-September, dredging near Burtons Island while waiting for removal of old docks


New Year's Eve 2003, dredging continues



Photo of outflow pipe from dredge to confined disposal facility (spoils area)


After Phase I dredging is completed, dredge spoils dewater for months



Electric Upgrades...

 

Floating dock mounted substations for electric on docks


Bracing against the cold, electric gets installed


Electric cables are routed within dock structure


New distribution panels on shore


Boat Ramp...


 

Boat Ramp prior to Phase I construction


Demolished Ramp


Boat ramp under construction


Completed boat ramp (scheduled to open April 9, 2004; actually opened April 1, 2004)



Bulkhead Replacement
...

 

New steel sheet pile being placed in front of old, deteriorated wooden bulkhead


New bulkhead will eliminate sinkholes forming behind wall
 

Bulkhead being constructed


Heavy equipment necessary for this work


Finished bulkhead


Marine Services Area...


Stone base for concrete slab


Several tons of steel reinforcing used to strengthen slab


Completed marine services area

Incorporated in the marine service area is a state-of-the-art oil/water separator to provide initial treatment of all runoff from work areas prior to entering bio-filtration swales and stormwater settling ponds. This is one of many key components that will assist in ensuring Indian River Inlet Marina will be the first marina in the state to be certified as a CLEAN MARINA.
 


Travel Lift...

New 50-ton travel lift


Concrete piling going in to support travel lift piers


Forming and reinforcing for travel lift piers


Finished travel lift piers (view from the water)


Completed travel lift piers (view from the land)


Paving...


Paving at new entrance


Paving near boat ramp


Finished product at boat ramp overflow parking area


Cottages...


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Foundations going in


'Million dollar view'


Cottages springing from the ground, first-class year-round overnight accommodations


View of cottages from south side of inlet


Siding being installed


View from marina


Cottages 1 & 2 under construction


Cottage Complex


Cottages 5 & 6


Waterfront views


Cottage interior (view from loft)
 

Satellite TV and fireplace


Furnished kitchen


Relaxing inlet views from the porch


Successful Completion of Phase I Reconstruction, March 29, 2004
 

• Provide slipholders new floating docks on south half of basin
• Provide 7 feet of water in south half of basin at low tide

(as opposed to 3 feet formerly in places)
• Provide up to 100Amps of power at new 50 foot slips


New docks south half of basin


Marine Services area


We even painted the ground green to represent grass (actually, that’s hydroseed and mulch)


Cottages


Fish cleaning building/commercial fishing berths


Starting to look more like a park every day


Looking north


Looking south


Goal realized!


Future Plans for 2005

• Replacement of floating docks (north half of basin)
• Complete dredging (north half of basin)
• Finish upgrade of electric
• Reconstruct floating fueling facility (charters will have in-slip fueling capability)
• Construct dry stack boat storage facility ("Dry stack" is similar to valet parking for a boat; slipholders call ahead to have their boat placed in the water, fueled, and ready to go. On return, the boat receives a fresh water rinse before being stored in the dry stack storage building. Inside storage is convenient and protects the investment by the boater, no UV light deterioration of fiberglass occurs and there is no need to protect boat hull with potentially polluting bottom paints.)


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Photo of a similar dry stack building at another marina


Inside of building showing storage rack system


Future Plans for 2006

Renovate Operations Building, including:
• New restroom/showers for slipholders
• Ship’s store
• Upgraded administration facility


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Future Plans for 2007

Renovate fish cleaning/sales building


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DelDOT’s replacement of Indian River Inlet Bridge
and what it means to the Park

 

Anticipated groundbreaking in October 2004
 




Bridge rendering (existing and proposed):
DelDot project anticipated to be completed by 2008




Bridge rendering (view from outside inlet looking west)




Pedestrian pathways:
Safe access from north to south of inlet




Pedestrian pathways:
Interpretive experience highlighting ecology and celestial navigation




Proposed North Side of Inlet Changes
(preliminary plan)

Due to DelDOT’s need to utilize the north side parking and camping areas during construction, DelDOT, in cooperation with Parks, will replace these amenities when the bridge is completed, estimated to be in 2008. Improvements include:
• Day-use parking area
• Two-point hookup campground
• New shower and laundry buildings
• New bathhouse with outside showers for use by fisherman and surfers
• Waterfront promenade and trail extending to Burton's Island.

This design has taken into consideration fishermen’s needs and provides them with continuous access to the shoreline, as it is today, while providing a separate path for walkers/bikers.

The Park Office will be relocated adjacent to the historic Life Saving Station, one and one-half miles north on Rt. 1. A small administrative facility/contact station will be built in this area.

This plan also provides new parking areas for the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) and an additional parking area for fishermen.




Proposed South Side of Inlet Changes
(preliminary plan)

Improvements on the south side include:
• Relocation of County Road 50a, so it no longer splits the campground in half
• Improvements to some camp sites impacted by the construction
• Additional parking at the SEDA Beach Bathhouse lot (due to loss of some parking on north side)
• An informational kiosk will be constructed near the bathhouse explaining the bridge project
• DART bus stop will be installed for use by the campers.

Note: Campsites not shown are unaffected by proposed work.

 


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Still plenty of weekly rentals left!

 

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