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Lee County supervisors throw support behind Fort Madison marina rehab

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- After Fort Madison mayor Matt Mohrfeld presented his vision for the new Fort Madison marina at their meeting Monday morning, the Lee County Board of Supervisors said the project has their support.

Supervisor Rick Larkin said he was impressed by what he saw.

He said the board voted to pass a resolution supporting the project but not committing any money to it, saying Mohrfeld didn't ask for any funding.

"What I think he was looking for now is just some support from the community and the organizations in the community so they can turn it in on their grant requests," Larkin said.

With the project ranging in cost from $6 to $11 million, Mohrfeld said they're applying for grants from a number of different sources including the federal government and FEMA as well as seeking private investments.

The city of Fort Madison also committed $1.5 million to the project last week.

Larkin said he'd love to see the marina returned to it's former glory.

"We used to have a marina down there that was used a lot by the folks here in Fort Madison and it just fell on hard times and now we're going to redo it and make it better," he said.

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Blake Sammann

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

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