Bristol celebrates the opening of the harbor marina

BRISTOL, RI (WPRI) – As summer rolls around, Bristol is celebrating the expansion of its marina.

Bristol City Administrator Steven Contente and Bristol City Council were joined by local and state leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of Bristol Harbor Marina.

“Today’s opening is another important step in Bristol’s return as a vibrant port,” said Contente. “We look forward to welcoming visiting vessels to our community and encourage all of our residents to take advantage of the improved water access as well as modern amenities this public facility has to offer.”

The Port of Bristol Marina, located next to the Bristol Maritime Center on Thames Street, has an additional 78 slipways to serve residents, businesses and visiting yachtsmen. The new marina also features ADA-accessible ramps, concrete floats with wave attenuators, a dedicated fuel depot, pump station, power service up to 50 amps for boats, and emergency service. water for boats.

“This marina is an important driver of Bristol’s economy which will generate revenue, support tourism and downtown business spending and stimulate the maritime industry which is so crucial to this area,” Governor Dan said. McKee.

With the donation of water rights from Robin Industries, Bristol was able to design the expansion to the south of the existing marina.

“It’s a great day for boaters and anglers and this facility will help bring more nautical visitors to Bristol. I am pleased to provide federal funding to help berth this marina,” said Senator Jack Reed. This facility will provide an opportunity for outdoor entertainment and recreation on the water while stimulating the local economy, attracting more customers to local shops, restaurants and retail.”

The new marina is expected to be fully open on July 1.

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