A Sinking Ship: Drowning Kemp Marina saved

Kemp Marina

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – A commission decision to save the Kemp Marina passed unanimously during the meeting last night despite the $50,000 in general funds to be spent.

The total cost of the complete project is over $800,000 with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources picking up about half of the cost. Internal funds from the carbide dock reserve, land sales reserve, Kaine’s Rink repair, and existing marina repair budget covered most of the remaining amount.

The project will fix the electrical and fuel system issues as well as repair the boardwalk in the area.

The $50,000 was an easy spend once Commissioners saw pictures of both the electrical and fuel lines underwater at the Marina.

Commissioner Collins summed it up.

“So from a standpoint of what’s the real impact of the city, you know, the $50,000 is the biggest impact that I see from the fiscal impact side,” said Collins. “And then in exchange for that, you’re getting $363,000 in grants from the DNR. So to me, this is a no brainer.”

The project is planned to be completed in 2021.