(June 19, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday approved sending a letter of support to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for grant funding for a flood resiliency project in West Ocean City.
The goal of the project is to protect about 1,000 feet of shoreline along Selsey Road in the Cape Isle of Wight community from erosion and other storm-related damage. It will restore the marsh along a stretch that also protects about 20 homes from flooding during abnormally high tides.
Bob Mitchell, director of environment programs, said that the county is guaranteed construction funding after design and permitting has been completed, but that the financial strain of the pandemic might affect state budgeting.
“We want to be proactive with them and try to make sure that we can give this project the best chance to get the funding,” Mitchell said. “We don’t know if the state’s going to cut the funding, but looking at the Board of Public Works week by week, month by month, we’re seeing some warning signs.”
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources awarded the county a $50,000 Community Resilience Grant for the project in June 2018. In February of this year, the county contracted with Wright, Constable & Skeen for obtaining permits.
Property owners have signed construction permits to submit to state and federal agencies.