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LIC seeks funds to renovate Longbranch Marina

The Longbranch Foundation was featured in the Key Peninsula News on April 29th, 2017:

“The Longbranch Improvement Club and its charitable fundraising arm, the Longbranch Foundation, are out to raise nearly a quarter of a million dollars to pay for renovations and upgrades to the Longbranch Marina mandated by the Department of Natural Resources, which manages the water environment under the marina.

The LIC owns the marina, but the improvements are required under the terms of the new DNR lease.“There’s no dispute with the DNR about doing it,” said Clark Van Bogart, president of the foundation and vice president of the LIC. “For the sake of the water, we just need help to do it. It’s real simple.”

The LIC and the foundation have applied for a grant from the state for $247,850. As of press time, the grant had been included in the proposed 2017-19 state House budget by 26th Legislative District representatives Michelle Caldier and Jesse Young. Sen. Jan Angel is supporting it in the state Senate and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer is also in favor.

“What we put in for with the grant application are three things, and we’re standing on No. 1,” Van Bogart said, referring to the wooden docks of the marina. “It has exposed Styrofoam or tires for floatation and it blocks sunlight. We want to upgrade to the anti-slip plastic grid we used on the new wharf and landing.”

The new deck would allows 60 percent more light to penetrate to the water, which is better for the environment, but it’s expensive. “These two sheets of 4 x 12 rough surface are $1,000,” Van Bogart said.The LIC took over the original mosquito fleet ferry float at Longbranch after it was abandoned by Pierce County in the 1950s and later began operating the marina at the behest of the county, which lacked the funds to do so, said Van Bogart. Since then, nearly all work at the marina has been done with volunteer labor and donated or borrowed funds. Since 2010, the marina has invested more than $312,000 on repairs and improvements, including the new wharf connecting the parking area to the dock.”


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