$ 20 million allocated to improvements to Corpus Christi Marina
New Corpus Christi Marina slides are under construction to replace the old weathered wooden docks installed in the 1990s. Courtesy photo
Work recently began on the approximately $ 20 million redevelopment project at the Corpus Christi Marina.
In May and June, Corpus Christi City Council approved approximately $ 14 million to replace five docks. In addition, over $ 5 million has been allocated to dredging the boat basin near the Corpus Christi Marina between McGee Beach and R-Pier as well as repairing the breakwater at McGee Beach.
“The redevelopment of our marina is a key priority for me in my service as mayor,” Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo said when approving the spending in June. “Today’s investment in the maintenance and repair of our piers is another important step towards restoring our marina, one of our city’s greatest assets. One of the goals of the project is to encourage visitors to attend the Wednesday night sailboat races and to visit the restaurants and vendors in the marina. Potentially, more boaters will want to use the marina as well. Leasing represents 80 percent of the marina’s operating revenue.
The work includes the replacement of existing piers and the construction of a modern wharf and utility system that is expected to operate for 50 years or more. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2022.
The old wooden docks replaced were installed in the 1990s and have exceeded their usual lifespan of 25 years. The reconstruction will include sufficient dredging to ensure that the limited water depth will not restrict the use of the new slides. Work has started on Quay L, the oldest of the five docks, replacing 45 holds for boats 30 to 55 feet long. With 629 docks, around a third of them are in the process of being renewed. Docks AD will offer 162 new slips for boats 25 to 45 feet long.
Built around two T-heads and an L-shaped dock, Corpus Christi Marina is home to local shrimp boats, private yachts, public boat tours, and several waterfront restaurants.
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