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Harbor dredging receives additional federal funds

February 15, 2012

The federal government injected about $1.75 million in additional funding for the dredging of Newport Harbor, Councilman Mike Henn announced Tuesday.

The city's roughly $7.8-million project would bring the pleasure harbor closer to its original depths, but funding obstacles and regulatory approvals have held up the process.

"That's a tremendous advance here," said Henn, who had planned to raise some of the funds from private parties interested in the harbor.

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Henn asked City Manager Dave Kiff to consider making up the remaining $250,000, which would increase the city's contribution from $2.5 million to about $2.75 million.

Private harbor users are not "off the hook," Henn said, calling for them to pay for additional dredging.

The federal government has already committed $2.4 million to the job.

—Mike Reicher

Twitter: @mreicher

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