Bristol Maritime Center to Add Marina Slips, Fuel Dock

The Maritime Center occupies a former armory.

RI Senator Jack Reed and the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced that a $623,729 grant has been awarded to the Town of Bristol for the expansion of transient boating facilities at the Bristol Maritime Center. The grant is funded under the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration—Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (Tier 2). The project builds upon an $861,000 boating infrastructure grant that Bristol obtained in 2013 to renovate and transform the former Bristol Naval Reserve Armory into the Bristol Maritime Center.

The expansion project includes construction of 19 transient slips for visiting boaters and the installation of a fuel dock to create a full-service facility. The proximity of the new slips and the Maritime Center to the heart of historic downtown Bristol make this an ideal location for visiting boaters. Some 40,000 boats are registered in Rhode Island, and the state welcomes many thousands more visiting boats each year.

The Bristol project was one of 13 top-ranked projects that were competitively selected from a national pool of 23 applications from 19 states.

The grant requires a 25 percent funding match. Since 2011, DEM has awarded more than $3 million in federal Boating Infrastructure Grants in Rhode Island to add transient docks and support boater access in Bristol, Jamestown, Newport, North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Providence, and Westerly.