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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Town of Provincetown Receives $800,000 Grant from the Seaport Economic Council for MacMillan Pier

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The Town of Provincetown will benefit from an $800,000 grant from the Commonwealth through the Seaport Economic Council to support security, public safety, and commercial fishing improvements for MacMillan Pier.

MacMillan Pier is a vital piece of public infrastructure, providing capacity for public passenger ferry service while supporting commercial fishing, public safety, the Provincetown Harbormaster’s office, recreational excursions such as charter fishing, whale watching, and site seeing tours, as well as local retail establishments including artist trap sheds and educational museums. 

After a waterfront inspection identified immediate concerns related to public safety and commercial catch offloading at the Pier, the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation proposed replacing the existing hoists, providing emergency ladders, installing security cameras, and providing upgraded utility service and structural upgrades to the hoist locations. This $800,000 grant will help make those improvements possible.

“MacMillan Pier’s success is vital to Provincetown,” said Town Manager Alex Morse. “I want to thank the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation and pier management for their stewardship as well as their efforts in applying for and receiving grants to help enhance the Pier for tenants, residents, and visitors.

Provincetown was one of six communities to receive a Seaport Economic Council Grant announced by the Healey-Driscoll Administration. The grants will help 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   

The full press release from the Healey-Driscoll Administration can be found here.

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