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Funds announced for Fortune downtown development plan


The Fortune Port Corporation will receive over $60,000 in federal and provincial funding to help complete a downtown development plan.

The strategy will better prepare the town for an increase in traffic once year-round ferry service to the French island of St-Pierre-Miquelon begins.

Bonavista-Burin-Trinity MP Judy Foote was in Fortune Friday afternoon to make the announcement on behalf of Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The federal government is contributing $29,363 through ACOA’s Business Development Program.

Colin Holloway, parliamentary secretary to Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Minister Christopher Mitchelmore, was also on hand to announce the province’s contribution of $33,750.

The French government is planning to bring two new ferries into service next year with increased capacity for individuals and will be capable of carrying transport trucks and passenger vehicles.

The downtown development plan is being led by the port corporation, the Town of Fortune, the Fortune Harbour Authority and Fortune Head Eco Friends.

Fortune town manager Corey Parsons said the plan will focus on five pillars.

Those are accommodating the new ferries, traffic flow on the waterfront, parking, directional signage and general beautification of the area.

Over time the plan will change the look of the community, the way motorists drive around the waterfront and where people park, Parsons said.

“It’s an interesting process and it’s certainly a much-needed plan for the entire community for a lot of reasons,” he said.

Foote, meanwhile, officially announced additional federal funding for Fortune at this afternoon’s event, including $6 million through the Small Craft Harbours program for wharf reconstruction.

Foote also said the town will receive $258,364 under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to replace water and sewer lines and pavement, as well as $68,146 from the federal Gas Tax Fund this year for infrastructure work.

All told, the federal funding comes in at approximately $6.4 million, she said.

“It’s exciting for me because I know these are really good initiatives,” she said. “It will ensure jobs in the community. It will ensure that we continue to move forward from an economy perspective, but as well, from a social perspective.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

The strategy will better prepare the town for an increase in traffic once year-round ferry service to the French island of St-Pierre-Miquelon begins.

Bonavista-Burin-Trinity MP Judy Foote was in Fortune Friday afternoon to make the announcement on behalf of Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The federal government is contributing $29,363 through ACOA’s Business Development Program.

Colin Holloway, parliamentary secretary to Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Minister Christopher Mitchelmore, was also on hand to announce the province’s contribution of $33,750.

The French government is planning to bring two new ferries into service next year with increased capacity for individuals and will be capable of carrying transport trucks and passenger vehicles.

The downtown development plan is being led by the port corporation, the Town of Fortune, the Fortune Harbour Authority and Fortune Head Eco Friends.

Fortune town manager Corey Parsons said the plan will focus on five pillars.

Those are accommodating the new ferries, traffic flow on the waterfront, parking, directional signage and general beautification of the area.

Over time the plan will change the look of the community, the way motorists drive around the waterfront and where people park, Parsons said.

“It’s an interesting process and it’s certainly a much-needed plan for the entire community for a lot of reasons,” he said.

Foote, meanwhile, officially announced additional federal funding for Fortune at this afternoon’s event, including $6 million through the Small Craft Harbours program for wharf reconstruction.

Foote also said the town will receive $258,364 under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to replace water and sewer lines and pavement, as well as $68,146 from the federal Gas Tax Fund this year for infrastructure work.

All told, the federal funding comes in at approximately $6.4 million, she said.

“It’s exciting for me because I know these are really good initiatives,” she said. “It will ensure jobs in the community. It will ensure that we continue to move forward from an economy perspective, but as well, from a social perspective.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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