Below are excerpts from the Seaport Economic Council press release:
The $1 million award will support the construction of the Community Rowing Center and Marine Science Center near the public waterfront at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School (DBMS), furthering DBMS’s mission of preserving and expanding the role of maritime industry and recreation in Duxbury while improving climate resiliency.
The Marine Science Center will replace the tent currently used on an ad hoc basis for lab demonstrations with a permanent space, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, in order to properly serve the nearly 900 South Shore students already participating in marine science programming. Meanwhile, the Community Rowing Center will provide comprehensive facilities for DBMS’s largest and fastest growing program, with first-floor equipment storage and a second-floor training complex that will include ergometers and an indoor rowing tank, to better accommodate the more than 600 rowers of all ages that currently use DBMS.
Pictured left to right: Rep. Josh Cutler, DBMS Executive Director Ted Lawson, DBMS Development Director Ali Spolsino, DBMS Board Chair Ann Mullins, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Co-Chair of DBMS Campaign Frederic Clifford, Senator Patrick O’Connor
“Since its inception 20 years ago, the Duxbury Bay Maritime School has become an important recreational, educational and economic resource to both the town of Duxbury and neighboring South Shore communities. Seaport Economic Council funding will support the completion of the Ellison Campus with permanent facilities for marine science and rowing programs,” said Ted Lawson, Executive Director of Duxbury Bay Maritime School. “These facilities will strengthen community connections to Duxbury Bay and the sea beyond and will have a significant impact on the thousands of students and guests who visit the campus each year.”
“In July, I had the opportunity to visit the DBMS and see first-hand what a great educational resource it is for South Shore families interested in learning about the ocean and our coastal areas,” said Senator Patrick O’Connor. “This funding will allow DBMS to expand their role within the community and I’m excited to see what programs they are able to offer once these projects are complete.”
“I am grateful to the Seaport Economic Council for supporting this much needed project in the town of Duxbury, which will enhance public access to our waterfront as well as boost recreational and marine educational opportunities across the South Shore,” said Representative Josh Cutler.
“I am thrilled that Duxbury received this money to further their maritime school’s ability to provide the best services to the community and the marine industry at large,” said Representative Kathy LaNatra.
DBMS wishes to thank the Seaport Economic Council for the award and looks forward to hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony upon the Community Rowing Center’s completion this winter. Additionally, DBMS would like to thank Senator Patrick O’Connor, Representative Josh Cutler and Representative Kathy LaNatra for their support of the project!
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