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Fort Madison marina revitalization moves forwards after city approves funding

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FORT MADISION (WGEM) -- The Fort Madison city council approved approved a resolution to spend $1.5 million to redo the city's marina at a special meeting last night and organizers say it's a big step forward.

They said city's investment will kickstart investments from various partners, local and otherwise.

Fort Madison mayor Matt Mohrfeld said they say they're looking at grants from private organizations, state organizations, FEMA and the federal government.

"We have an asking in to our congressional funding for the Community Project Funds out of the Iowa U.S. congressional district," he said. "That is going to be submitted on Wednesday."

Renovations include dredging the marina, raising it above the flood zone, increasing the number of slips to 110 with half of them covered and building a new hospitality center with a bar and grill and convenience store.

Mohrfeld said while the project could cost as much as $11 million, they're looking to raise enough money to have the hospitality center done by April 1, 2022.

"A lot of community members have drawn together to make this happen," he said. "It's very aggressive, a very aggressive timeline but if you don't put the bullseye on the wall, you'll never hit it."

Mohrfeld said the city will bond for the $1.5 million.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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