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April 18, 2013

DNR and the Town of Oxford Renovate Timber Dock

by Martha
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New N. Morris Street Timber Dock

Larger boats can now easily access the Town of Oxford following the renovation of the N. Morris Street Timber Dock. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the town worked together to rebuild, reconfigure and expand the previously deteriorating dock.

Oxford - Before

N. Morris Street Timber Dock – Before

“The Town of Oxford is full of cultural and historical attractions that are a short walk from the Timber Dock. DNR is very excited to be able to help the owners of larger, recreational transient boats take advantage of all the great things that Oxford has to offer,” said Mark O’Malley, director of DNR Boating Services.

The N. Morris Street Timber Dock is located on the Tred Avon River adjacent to the Oxford/Bellevue Ferry landing. The dock sits in water more than six feet deep and provides the only free, short-term, transient docking for recreational boats, 26 feet and larger, visiting Oxford.

Known to locals as “F” dock because of its distinctive shape, the old dock had fallen into disrepair and was in need of replacement. The new dock was lengthened and is now 150 feet long and 12 feet wide, with two 35-foot perpendicular piers. Two finger piers and two mooring pilings were added to the east side of the dock creating three transient slips.

The total cost of construction was $222,888. DNR provided $122,888 in State Waterway Improvement Funds and the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund provided a $100,000 Boating Infrastructure Grant. The Federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund is derived from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. This particular user-pay, user-benefit program assists in funding public recreational motor boating projects that benefit the operators of non-trailerable transient boats. The revenue from the State Waterway Improvement Fund comes from the 5 percent boat excise tax paid when someone purchases and titles a boat in Maryland.

“The Town officials are very pleased with the new facility which is a wonderful location for transient boaters to be able to stop for a visit, walk the historic streets, and take advantage of the fine restaurants and shops along N. Morris Street.” said Oxford Commission President Gordon Graves. “I want to extend a sincere thank you to Sandi Pepe, DNR’s Regional Program Director, for her coordination with the State and Federal agencies resulting in this boating amenity, along with a thank you to all State and federal members that participated.”

Boaters visiting Oxford are permitted to dock for a maximum of 3 hours between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. For additional information, contact Cheryl Lewis with the Town of Oxford at 410-226-5122 or oxfordclerk@goeaston.net.

Full size images: Before and After.

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