The City of Beverly was recently awarded two grants by the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council. A $400,000 grant award will fund the replacement of the existing anchor system for the recreational docks located at Glover Wharf with guided piles. The project will address important safety and equipment concerns for boaters and staff, and will reduce long-term costs with maintaining the dock system. This project will increase Glover Wharf’s commercial and recreational viability, and advance the City’s ongoing efforts to protect the wharf and the waterfront.

A second grant in the amount of $80,000 will fund the creation of a Municipal Harbor Plan. Planning efforts will define commercial and recreational activity for Beverly’s waterfront, with the goal of strengthening the local economy. The Municipal Harbor Plan will catalogue existing and potential uses of the waterfront, consider actions to enhance waterside activities, identify solutions for transportation issues, examine how to link the waterfront to Beverly’s downtown, and recommend policies to strengthen the existing character and beauty of the area.

The Seaport Economic Council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. “The Seaport Economic Council gives coastal communities the tools to advance collaborative work and community based plans that will encourage sustainable growth.” – Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Seaport Economic Council

Mayor Michael Cahill Said, “Due to the hard work by many, including the Harbor Management Authority, the city’s Planning Department and Grants Director, Beverly is now positioned to move forward with two important projects on our water front.” Mayor Cahill continued, “We are very thankful to the Governor and his administration for their support for these projects.”