MARQUETTE - Marquette's Harbor Advisory Committee unveiled its new and improved plan for the future of the Presque Isle Marina on Tuesday.
HAC Chairman Bob Frazee presented his committee's suggested rephasing of the marina reconstruction project during the regular meeting of the Marquette City Commission.
Frazee and the other HAC members have spent the past few months reworking the project, due to safety concerns.
The age of the piers at Marquette’s Presque Isle Marina is obvious. On Tuesday, the city’s Harbor Advisory Committee presented a new plan for renovating the marina, while avoiding a handful of safety concerns. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
The three marina piers are hollow metal bins that were once filled with sand and gravel. As the bin walls have deteriorated, the sediment has poured out onto the floor of the lake, creating deltas around each pier.
The first phase of the original project called for dredging the floor of the entire marina.
"If we move forward with the original dredging plan, dredging next to all these piers, and if we actually dredge all that out, it's actually going to lose the little stability that it has," Frazee told the city commission Tuesday. "Our concern was that if we dredge next to it, we're pretty certain it's going to cause an actual collapse of the pier system."
The first two phases of the new plan will see the removal of the south pier, the dredging of a large portion of the marina and the reconstruction of the boat launch area.
Funding - which will be split evenly between the state and the city - has been made available for the first phase, which Frazee said should begin in the spring.
Subsequent phases will see the demolition and reconstruction of each of the remaining two piers and will take place over a number of years.
"Those are our recommendations from our committee," Frazee said. "We did a very thorough job of re-evaluating this project."
Frazee said the plan was crafted in an attempt to refrain from displacing boaters whenever possible. The city, he said, should have the space to relocate boaters to other slips, if necessary.
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.