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Sandy Point Jetty Gets Facelift

Annapolis, Md. (February 9, 2011) — Construction is underway to improve the existing stone jetty at the entrance to Mezick Pond at Sandy Point State Park. The jetty is a popular fishing spot and provides protection to boaters using the largest public boat ramp facility in Maryland.

“The jetty is a great spot for local anglers who want to enjoy a day of fishing and is a vital component in protecting the entrance channel to the Park,” said Kenny Hartman, Manager for Sandy Point State Park.

The purpose of the project is to correct structural deficiencies in the jetty and to improve access for anglers. Once completed, the revitalized jetty will sport an eight foot wide surface and a three foot increase in the average height of the overall structure.

The repairs and improvements to the jetty will be completed by Shoreline Design, L.L.C. for a total cost of $548,490 from The Waterway Improvement Fund, which is made possible by a five percent excise tax paid when a boat is titled in Maryland. The Maryland Department of General Services and DNR’s Engineering and Construction Unit is managing the project.

“This project will not only benefit the anglers and the boating public, but will also help foster an appreciation of the environment and the Bay for those who use the Park. Governor O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly strongly support waterway improvement projects that both create jobs and improve the quality of life for our citizens,” said Bob Gaudette, director of DNR’s Boating Services.

The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-April 2011.

   February 9, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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