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Mile High Marina project would add public boardwalk, expand beach and increase boat slips

Mile High Marina submitted a pre-application to McCall Planning and Zoning that would open up around 1,000 feet of new public waterfront.

Mile High Marina and McCall Parks and Recreation Department formed a partnership to create the breakwater replacement project. The project will replace the existing log boom breakwater, which uses logs to protect the marina basin from waves, with steel plates that would hang below the dock structure.

“The breakwater will be anchored but no pilings will be used, thus there will be no disturbance or penetration of the lakebed,” Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Wolf wrote in the application letter. “The new breakwater will protect not only the Marina but also the public road ramps and adjoining water.”

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New breakwater and amenities

Proposal for an expansion to the Mile High Marina would add a public boardwalk, expand the beach and add additional boat slips. Via Mile High Marina/City of McCall

Mile High Marina is still finalizing the project but currently, it would provide an additional 28 boat slips to the Marina, create a boardwalk and sitting area for the public that would be accessible from the shoreline and it will add almost 1,000 feet of public waterfront.

“The beauty of the application is that new breakwater will have a 10-foot deck on top of it, and at the two corners, out in the water will have a 30-by-30 foot platforms. And that will form a boardwalk and sitting area, which will be open to the public at no charge,” Mile High Marina representative Steve Millemann said during the April 6 P&Z meeting.

The breakwater would have no public expense, and the Marina would construct it. According to Millemann, the boat slips would help cover the price of the project that could cost between $800,000 and $1 million.

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“So the idea is, if the Marina can pick up some new slips without significantly increasing its footprint, then that will help defray some of that cost. In my experience, it’s one of the nicer examples of a public-private partnership,” Millemann said “… And (we) really want to leave the breakwater as more of a pedestrian amenity. So, there will be some public day use slips inside the Marina as this plan evolves.”

In the coming weeks, Mile High Marina will be back in front of P&Z with a final layout and a Conditional Use Permit application.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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