PEI firm makes pitch to expand marina, offers plan to relocate Sea Cadets

A graphical depiction of this plan, excluding the floating breakwater but including an additional 14 moorings for small boats or Sea-Doos 

The City’s interest in a possible public/private partnership to construct a marina expansion has generated interest from a Prince Edward Island firm, East Coast Dock (ECD).
Last December council instructed staff to look for a partner for a marina expansion, a process that included the possibility of the Sea Cadets moving from their present location on the waterfront, just west of Bayfield Street.
Staff issued a public request for expression of interest to test the waters. The request was accessed by 19 firms, but only one, ECD, made a proposal. If the partnership proceeds, it could result in the firm supplying and installing new docks and a breakwater on the waterfront.
The City would finance the expansion, and manage it once completed.
East Cost Dock “is an installer of floating dock systems,” reads a memo to council.
In its proposal, ECD envisions a marina expansion with a new floating breakwater system about 700 feet in length, accessible as a part of the Heritage Park walkway.
“The breakwater would be placed in the water with the intention of being left in the water year-round. The proposal notes that the new dock systems could also be left in the water over the winter season if placed within an enclosed harbour, although doing so would void the dock’s warranty,” reads the memo.
 The proposal involves:
• 700-feet floating breakwater
• floating dock systems 
• water and electricity access to the floating dock systems
• anchoring of the breakwater and marina system 
• anchoring and attachment of the moorings 
• pathway on current breakwater 
Council’s December motion talked about moving the Sea Cadets to the south shore. ECD’s plan describes a relocation of the Sea Cadets, but not to the south shore. The firm outlined a “potential alternative that would see the installation of a floating dock onto which the City could construct a new Sea Cadets building on the north shore near its current location,” reads the memo.
“Under this scenario, ECD would work with the city and its designers to install an engineered floating dock structure onto which the city could build a new Sea Cadet facility. ECD referenced previous projects where restaurants and offices have been constructed on top of their dock systems as examples of this type of installation.”
The memo adds that the firm provided estimates of annual operating and maintenance costs, but that an “expansion of this magnitude is not currently forecast in the marina’s capital or operating plan.” 

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