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Petition for a New Docking System at the Monument Beach Marina

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We, the paying patrons of the Monument Beach Marina (MBM), petition the town of Bourne to rebuild the docking system and finger slips on the south side of MBM from the dinghy dock and extending out to the 35 attached slips as well as the 15 north side fingers attached to the main dock.

The present docking system is constructed of an aluminum frame with painted plywood as the decking surface which makes for slippery and treacherous conditions when wet. The bigger issue is the fact that plywood degrades and breaks down, marine grade or not, when exposed to ocean environment and direct sun. Over the years several sections of the plywood have had to be replaced due to dry rot. While the dedicated staff at MBM has tried to keep up with repairs, the damage has become so wide spread it is unmanageable. Several MBM patrons have broken through the rotten sections, one young women went completely through and suffered scratches on her leg. It is difficult to see the rot because of the painted surface, the MBM staff has resorted to “patching” and covering up the rotted areas with old street signs because they cannot keep up with the repairs. We have been dealing with a very unstable and unsafe walking surface for years and it is time to rebuild and stop the patch work before someone gets seriously injured.

This needs to be addressed before the 2021 boating season arrives.

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