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Floating dock proposed at Cooper Riverside Park

MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The Stimpson administration is proposing a project at Cooper Riverside Park that city officials say could not only boost tourism, but could also possibly help with transportation headaches traveling to Baldwin County.

The proposal presented to the Mobile City Council is to build a floating dock at the park, a dock that would serve a couple of purposes.

For one, Mayor Sandy Stimpson said it would allow pleasure boaters to dock at the park, something they can't do now.

He also thinks it can promote ecotourism.

Stimpson said,  "I can foresee a growing tourist business of people interested in going into the (Mobile-Tensaw River) Delta and being able to walk from downtown, one of the hotels, to get on the boat, do the tour. "

But Stimpson also said, in the original funding for the adjacent GulfQuest maritime museum, part of the money was tied to a transportation grant that had to do with establishing ferry service to the Eastern Shore and other locations.

Stimpson said the city continues to talk about fulfilling that obligation, especially with the new Mobile River Bridge being built.

He said, "But I do think the day of the conversation of a ferry becomes more pertinent as the construction of the bridge starts because, as the construction starts, it's going to create more traffic delays in the future, so, there will people interested in riding a ferry."

There weren't many people in Cooper Riverside Park Wednesday afternoon, but FOX10 News did talk to one man about the proposal.

Patrick Sullivan of Mobile said, "I think it would be good for Mobile, Alabama.  I really think it would bring a lot of people in and help this place grow. I think it would be a good thing.  I think they need to do it."

The proposal authorizes a contract with Robert Baggett Industrial Construction for just over $130,000 to build the floating dock.

The city council is expected to vote on the contract next week.

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