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      Presque Isle Marina set for dredging

      Now that the funds are in place, the City of Marquette is getting ready to start phase one of the Presque Isle Marina project.

      Marquette will get nearly half a million dollars for dredging at the Presque Isle Marina. During phase one of the project, the marina will be closed for ten weeks. The city has informed boaters who normally dock at the marina of several options available to them, including docking at nearby locations like Cinder Pond or the new mooring field in lower harbor.

      "The marina is in need of a lot of work, and we've been working on this for some time. We've gone through a planning process. With this type of a project, it does require the marina to be closed. We won't have seasonal slip holders, transients or the use of the boat launch during the course of the project," said Karl Zueger of the Marquette Department of Parks and Recreation.

      Phase one also includes the demolition of the southern pier. The complete project plan calls for five phases with a total cost of about 2.5 million dollars.