City Release: Lane’s Cove Seawall Appeal Successful, Over $1.3 Million in Support for Critical Repairs Expected Through FEMA

Lane’s Cove Seawall Appeal Successful, Over $1.3 Million in Support for Critical Repairs Expected Through FEMA

 Additional EEA State Matching Funds Pursued to Earn Additional $2.2 Million

 (Gloucester, MA) – August 15, 2016 – The City of Gloucester has successfully won an appeal to support restorative work at Lane’s Cove Breakwater with an estimated total of $1,356,195 expected to be received from MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency).

“We are grateful that the city’s appeal was successful in order to gain the necessary funds for the critical needs at Lane’s Cove Seawall,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “Our city needs help from our state and federal partners to ensure we have safe infrastructures, and this appeal shows we are continuing to fight for results.”

A petition was originally filed by the City against FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in October 2015, with Gloucester Public Works Director Michael Hale noting that the City disagreed with the then determination that “damage to Lane’s Cove Seawall from the December 26, 2010 storm was substantially the same damage as reported from the February 8-10, 2013 blizzard.” The appeal further provided insights from engineering reports which showcased the difference in damage between the two storms, outlining the specific damage as a result of the later storm.

In a letter back to the Gloucester Department of Public Works and MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz, FEMA Regional Director Paul Ford stated that availability of financial assistance through the October 2015 appeal, which will now be remanded to the DRM (Disaster Recovery Manager) for implementation. The FEMA funding will be directed through MEMA to assist Gloucester as a result of the findings.

The City is also seeking additional funds via the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for approximately $2.2 million dollars in matching relief under EEA Project Category 2, which covers “seawalls, coastal flood and/or foreshore protection.”

About the City of Gloucester America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. In addition, the city is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has been actively diversifying its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of local businesses and state and federal agencies working in the city. Recent advancements in Gloucester include new investments in marine robotics and new product development from the fishery.

Media Contact: Christopher Sicuranza, csicuranza@gloucester-ma(dot)gov, 978-281-9700