Seven years after
Katrina, some marine businesses are
expected it would take seven years for FEMA to release the rebuilding funds for this recreational and economic engine.
The president of the Yacht Harbor Management Corporation,
Warner Tureaud, agrees that valuable years were lost. “FEMA
originally did a visual inspection of the marina,” he says, “but by
doing that, it was impossible to assess the damage to the concrete
piers below the water or mud line. We’ve had to hire consultants to
investigate damage to these concrete piers.” After conducting studies, researching dredging, pilings, environmental costs, as of late
December 2012, FEMA approved nearly $10 million in funds to repair
the 600-slip marina. Work is estimated to be completed in late 2014.
CUP CHAMP WINS NEW PRIZE ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of successfully defending the America’s Cup, the historic 12-Meter sailing yacht Weatherly added another distinction to her long career — an honored spot on the National Register of Historic Places. As an early example of both the 12-Meter class of racing yachts, adopted for America’s Cup competition following World War II, and vessels of wooden and lami- nate construction, Weatherly joins a distinguished list of U.S. properties worthy of preservation. The National Park Service named the Phillip L. Rhodes-designed 69-foot-LOA racing sloop to the prestigious list in September 2012. (The boat is 69 feet; the 12-Meter measurement represents a mathematical combination of several design factors.) Since the 1980s, Weatherly has stayed in racing trim as a
meticulously restored flag-
ship in a six-boat charter fleet
of 12 Meters that sail out of
Newport, Rhode Island, where
she successfully defended the
America’s Cup in 1962. She
won four of five races, presum-
ably to the delight of President
and Mrs. John F. Kennedy who
were among the many spectators
who watched the competition.