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Boynton hopes stimulus bill aids in marina facelift

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Posted by Rachel Leigh email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Cities across the country are trying to get their hands on federal funds for projects. Projects that are supposed to help stimulate the economy, and one city in our area is on that list.

This is all a part of the "U.S. Conference of Mayors" list for project funding. It's from the stimulus bill going through Congress right now.

Boynton Beach is hoping to re-develop their marina with money from that stimulus plan. City officials believe it's just the project the government is looking for and just what the city needs. 

"We could use it. You know. We definitely could use it, especially the way the economy is now," said Ryan Carr.

Carr is first mate of a charter fishing boat that runs out of the Boynton Harbor Marina. And Carr says, this year, they're bringing in about half the people than usual.

But Boynton Beach officials do have a plan to stimulate the area. "The whole point is to have a destination on the waterfront that reminds you of old Florida, so we're pretty excited about the project," said Lisa Bright.

The $7 million project includes creating a pedestrian feel, an interactive waterway and a stage area. It's been in the works since 2006, but revenue loss has put the project on the back burner. "We have the whole plan. It's like we're ready to go, but we don't have the money."

Now, it's in Congress' hands. Boynton officials hope to get funding from the government's stimulus bill. It's one of some 18,000 projects nationwide.

People who go to the marina often say the re-development sounds good. "The plan needs to be done. There's a lot of things going on that need help, and, right now, the city does need to do things to help promote what we have here."

And for Carr, who depends on marina traffic, he's also hoping Congress gives the okay. "Just to draw more people, we really could use it."

The city has also submitted another project: the design and reconstruction of MLK Boulevard and Seacrest Boulevard.

Right now, it's unclear when they'll get an answer from Congress.

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