The Provincetown Public Pier Corporation and the Town of Provincetown will benefit from a $120,000 grant from the Commonwealth through the Seaport Economic Council to conduct a feasibility analysis to evaluate alternatives to improve and enhance MacMillan Pier.
MacMillan Pier is a vital piece of public infrastructure, providing capacity for public passenger ferry service, while supporting commercial fishing, public safety/harbormaster’s office, recreational excursions such as charter fishing, whale watching, site seeing tours, as well as local retail establishments including artist trap sheds and educational museums.
“I want to thank the Seaport Economic Council for awarding us this grant, and I am encouraged by their willingness to consider us for future grants to aid our pier,” said Jamie Staniscia, Chair of the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation. “This grant will help provide our pier tenants, Town residents, and other pier users with opportunities to share their input on future improvements and enhancements to the pier.”
The Provincetown Public Pier Corporation will use this grant funding to focus on analyzing the following areas: public safety, commercial fishing, infrastructure upgrades, ferry/transportation improvements, sea level rise resiliency enhancements, navigational dredging assessment, and recreational vessel accommodation.
“MacMillan Pier is key to many businesses and industries in town,” said Town Manager Alex B. Morse. “This grant will help us analyze alternatives to improve and enhance the pier to ensure its meeting the needs of our residents and visitors not only now, but for decades to come.”
Provincetown was one of 24 projects totaling over $11 million in Seaport Economic Council Grants announced by the Baker-Polito Administration. The grants will help 20 coastal communities advance projects that benefit commercial maritime industries, improve resident and visitor access to waterfront assets, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and advance future dredging.
More information on MacMillan Pier can be found at https://www.provincetown-ma.gov/79/Harbor-Pier