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New Marina Could Aid Harbor Cleanup

Updated: 07/28/2014 10:28 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 8:46 PM WDIO.com
By: Briggs LeSavage
blesavage@wdio.com

After a year of construction, the AMI Consulting Engineers-owned Connors Point Cove Marina is open and leasing space to recreational boaters while bettering business for the company's new Environmental Engineering Department in the process.

The 40-slip marina under the Blatnik Bridge in Superior allocated about six spots for its own research and response boats, which AMI President Chad Scott said are in a prime location to help the company develop the department aimed at controlling contamination in the harbor. 

"There's a lot of old facilities around the Duluth-Superior harbor that require cleanup," Scott said. "There's a lot of contamination associated with those different facilities."

Scott said AMI is hoping to take on a similar contamination control process as the Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota Pollution Control and the Department of Natural Resources have used.

"One of the things we're trying to do is participate in that in our own back yard here by having our own environmental engineering company," Scott said.

He said it's the new marina and centralized location it provides for the company that are the biggest benefit. 

"It's all about being on the water front and having access ... we'll be able to respond more rapid than anyone else in the harbor," Scott said.

Scott said because AMI completed the marina later than expected this summer, there are only about five public slips rented for this season. He said they are already accepting leases for 2015 and are about halfway full. 

Scott said the slips are also in a convenient location for public boaters. While anyone is welcome to lease a slip, Scott said the marina is private so AMI is able to provide more customized service to its clients.

"It'll be a nice area for people to come enjoy it with their family without having to have a cabin on the lake," Scott said.

Volleyball nets, fire pits and a boat launch are in the cards for the marina in the future, Scott said.  

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