The Town Marina reconstruction project is due to begin next spring

Palm Beach, Florida received some relief in its US$33.6m Town Marina reconstruction project in the form of a US$3.1m State grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District.

The federal government is paying more than US$25m for the project with the balance of funding coming from the town, state and county.

The project – which will include floating docks, upgrades to facilities and security, the addition of a fourth dock and expanding the marinas 84 slips to accommodate larger vessels – is slated to begin next spring with completion in 2021.

Meanwhile, a dispute with some local property owners over granting beach easement to the Army Corps of Engineers for construction purposes.

According to the Palm Beach Daily News, while nearly 40 home owners have granted easement, 11 have blocked the town from a beach access point. The Army Corps is currently negotiating with the property owners over language in the easement that grants access “in perpetuity”.

The town insists the easement would only be enforced during construction.