The Nanaimo Port Authority is meeting with Protection Islanders this week as it finalizes plans for the Boat Basin.
The NPA is going it alone to upgrade and repair the marina after a controversial lease deal with a private company was abandoned last year.
Much of the controversy was driven by concerns from the commercial fishing fleet and Protection Islanders about losing access.
David Mailloux is the NPA’s Manager of Communications and Public Affairs. He says that’s likely to be a topic of interest at the Town Hall Wednesday, and the Port Authority’s plan is to make more space available for boats of the size and type currently facing waiting lists.
It’s estimated the Boat Basin project will cost somewhere in the range of $8 million. They hope to have the design finished in late April.