BOSTON, MA – The Seaport Economic Council (SEC) recently announced over $6.7 million in grants to coastal communities throughout the Commonwealth. The SEC helps each of Massachusetts’ 78 coastal communities use their unique assets to grow the economy, create jobs, and prepare for the impact of climate change. As part of the announcement, the Town of Hull was awarded $239,500 to support dredging design and permitting along Nantasket Pier.
“Investing in our coastal communities is vital to our collective success,” said State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “Dredging is a vital part of the efforts underway to restore and maintain Nantasket and the surrounding area. The announcement builds on the funding we were able to secure earlier this year for seawall repairs and dune nourishment, and I’m looking forward to seeing these projects move forward.”
“These grants from the Seaport Economic Council are critical to our efforts to maintain and install vital infrastructure in Hull," said Representative Meschino (D-Hull). "By investing in these projects that build resilience to climate change and foster economic growth, we are investing in the future of our coastal communities."
The SEC advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to grow the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities, while preparing them to respond to the challenges posed by rising sea levels and increasingly powerful coastal storms.
The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.