North Indian River Inlet Marina
State Managed Rehabilitation and Modernization Plan
Prepared by: W. Britt Murray
In 1970, the State of Delaware purchased the Indian River Marina. Major renovations with a lifespan of 15 years were made in 1980 to 1981, and docks and slips were added in 1988. In 1996, Applied Technology & Management, Inc. (ATM), under contract to the Division of Parks and Recreation, conducted an engineering study and recommended a reconstruction plan. There followed several years of unsuccessful attempts to win state funding, ultimately prompting the Division to develop a financing plan that utilized a portion of the 21st Century Parks Endowment Fund. Therefore, reconstruction funds would not come from state taxes or the General Assembly. The General Assembly directed Parks to implement the financing plan in 2002.
Throughout 2002 and 2003 a series of meetings kept the public informed and allowed them to comment on the final design plans. From the reconstruction recommendations and the public meetings, several issues rose to the surface; specifically replacement of deteriorated floating docks, improved electrical services and dredging of the marina basin. The Division has responded to these concerns and has now completed all improvements related to these issues as well as many other improvements at the site.
Safety improvements began in late 2002 and included a new sidewalk separated from the bulkhead so users will not encounter sinkholes. The deteriorated portions of the dock were repaired with steel plates. Work has continued year-round, and has resulted in the completion of the planned projects through 2005, and is on schedule for 2006 and 2007.
What has evolved from this project is a state-of-the-art facility that will satisfy the requirements of recreational and commercial boaters and fishermen, and will provide an enticing vacation destination year-round. The following is an update on the status of each of the recommended improvements.
Work has just begun on the new Restrooms/Ships’ Store located near the marine Service Area. This building should be completed by July 2006.Further improvements are scheduled for 2006 and 2007. These include renovation of the Operations Building with a restroom and shower suite for slipholders; a new Sundries Store; and an upgraded administrations facility. The current fish cleaning/ bait and tackle shop will be renovated. The Park Office has been relocated next to the restored historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Portions of the campground remain closed due to the reconstruction of the Indian River Inlet Bridge and will be reopened when construction allows.