DMCRA Raising Funds for City Plaza Construction
The third order of paving stones for the plaza and fountain at the ‘Jib’ property will take place on January 15th, 2015. The paving stones will be placed in the walkway around the perimeter of the fountain which was completed in September of 2013. The Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association is selling the paving stones to help offset the city’s cost of building the fountain and the plaza as well as raising money for its own projects.
In addition to Morehead City’s efforts in making the plaza a reality, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament organizers donated the 17-foot, bronze, hand-crafted statue of a blue marlin leaping out of the water and they’ve also given a $50,000 grant to the city to go toward construction. The fountain serves as a perpetual trophy for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and the Big Rock Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament. All of the past and future winners of both tournaments are memorialized with a permanent etching on the base of the fountain.
Dale Edwards, chair of the DMCRA board of directors, said, “This project is absolutely key in the next phase of the revitalization of the downtown region. The waterfront is already a natural draw for Crystal Coast visitors, but having an iconic plaza down here takes downtown development to a whole new level.”
Tom Kies, director of the DMCRA, said, “This is a legacy project. That fountain and plaza have become a premier attraction for visitors coming to the Crystal Coast. And those engraved paving stones will be there for generations to come. We’re excited to be part of this.”
Mr. Kies also expressed hope that enough money will be raised to help offset the costs of the plaza with some of it going toward the next phases of the project, including a 7,000 sq. foot observation deck out over the water.
The engraved paving stones for purchase, available in three sizes, will be placed in the plaza area surrounding the base of the fountain. “This is a great way to memorialize loved ones, to show your support or to show the support of your company,” Mr. Kies said. “This is a project that my great- great grand kids will enjoy.”
Anyone interested in purchasing an engraved paving stone can go online and download the order forms at www.downtownmoreheadcity.com or call 252-808-0440 or visit the DMCRA office at the historic Train Depot at 1001 Arendell St, Morehead City.
The DMCRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring Morehead City to a vibrant economic, cultural, historic, social and recreational center. In conjunction with the City of Morehead, the DMCRA stages the Alive at Five concert series, the Morehead City July 4th Fireworks program as well as the Christmas parade and the Crystal Coast Boat Show. For more information about Alive at Five or any other activities call 808-0440 or go to www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.
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