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City looking to apply for grants to reopen Cole Park, Dimitt Piers

Posted at 8:24 AM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 09:24:39-05

The city is looking to apply for a $3 million grant from the state to repair and reopen two popular fishing piers.

Cole Park Pier was closed in April 2018 after a routine inspection turned up years of neglect.

In Flour Bluff, the Dimitt Pier has also been closed due to damages.

Neither were damaged during Hurricane Harvey, so they do not qualify for FEMA money. To be eligible for grants from the Texas Economic Development Administration, city leaders must show that there is an economic impact from the piers being closed.

Assistant City Manager Sylvia Carillo, who is working on the application, says that should not be a problem.

“We are a tourism community, and these piers, especially where they’re located, Cole Park and the Bluff, they obviously have a big economic impact to our overall tourism dollars,” Carillo said.

City officials are looking to apply for $1 million for each of the piers, and another $1 million to make repairs to the Corpus Christi Marina.

The submission of the grant application will be discussed during today’s City Council meeting.