Yacht Center Seeks Expansion in Cataumet

CATAUMET – The Kingman Yacht Center is looking to expand their facility in Cataumet.

They are hoping to acquire a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District for the project thatwould expand the existing reconfiguration zone that was approved in February of 2000.

The expansion would encompass all of the floats at the boating center. There are 3 previously authorized reconfiguration zones on site.

The hope is to combine them into one zone to allow floats to be moved freely throughout the property without the need for further approvals.

The new reconfiguration will also incorporate areas surrounding the fuel and dinghy docks in order to retain and maintain changes to previously unauthorized structures.

The newly formed 10+ acre area will surround 254 slips and 41,552 square feet of accompanying floats.

The boating facility also has 130 moorings in approximately 30.1 acres of Red Brook harbor in Buzzards Bay. Corps-authorized reconfiguration zones are an area where those who have a permit may rearrange floats without additional authorizations.

It is possible that this project will impact more than 10 acres of Essential Fish Habitat, adversely affecting species that use these waters.

The National Marine Fisheries are preparing recommendations which will be complete prior to the final permit decision.

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