Kennebunkport Maine receives $2.2 million grant for Cape Porpoise Pier upgrade

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The town recently nabbed a big catch, reeling in a $2.2 million federal grant to assist with local efforts to renovate the Cape Porpoise Pier.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced last week that her department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.2 million grant to Kennebunkport to support the region’s commercial fishing industry and ensure its resilience to storms and floods.

“The money will be used to renovate the existing pier, replace the aging bait building, upgrade our fuel system, and add a float system to better accommodate the current usage of the harbor,” Chris Mayo, the town’s harbormaster, said on Tuesday.

The timber-framed pier is in good shape, but needs re-decking, according to Mayo. The seawall under the bait building is failing and has had an emergency repair.

The bait building is old and inefficient, Mayo added.

“To repair the filled area beneath it and sure up the seawall, it needs to be removed,” he said.

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