The City of Mobile recently approved a project to expand access to natural waterways in the city. As part of that plan, Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced the city purchased six acres of land on Shipyard Road.

“This property will eventually be the home of a new boat launch for the area thanks to a $2.5 million allocation from Gov. Kay Ivey using funding from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA),” Stimpson said.

The property, which was formerly a shipyard, will expand access to Halls Mill Creek and Dog River, Stimpson said.

Stimpson said additional infrastructure needs will also be addressed and amenities will be added to the site.

“This will be an excellent project for the area, but it will also benefit all Mobilians,” he added. “I want to thank Gov. Ivey for supporting this project through GOMESA and City Councilman Ben Reynolds for championing public access in his district.”

GOMESA provides for the four Gulf Producing States and their eligible coastal political subdivisions to share 37.5 percent of the qualified revenues from outer continental shelf oil and gas leases issued since Dec. 20, 2006. 

With approval from the Governor's Office, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources administers the funds. Mobile and Baldwin Counties receive separate GOMESA disbursements directly from the Federal government.

A list of other GOMESA funds being distributed can be found here.

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