Protection Islanders have some unique needs when it comes to the Nanaimo marina. And with plans to redevelop the Boat Basin, the Nanaimo Port Authority is taking those needs into consideration. NPA President Bernie Dumas says they met with over 50 Protection Island residents on Wednesday night, to gather input before they tackle the actual design. He says they heard about the need to accommodate more small boats.
They also heard about the need for spaces to tie up for boats for a few hours when they’re running errands or attending appointments in Nanaimo. Dumas says while that’s always been a function of the marina, it’s never been specifically tailored to the needs of Protection Island residents. Dumas says there’s going to be a survey conducted on the island to gauge the demand for spaces for small boats.
It’s estimated the Boat Basin project will cost somewhere in the range of $8 million and the NPA hopes to have the design finished in late April.