(Cleveland) - Ground was broken Monday for the new Transient Marina at North Coast Harbor.

As part of a celebration of the harbor's 25th anniversary, the city will spend $2 million to build 53 transient boat docks for crafts between 35' and 98'. The docks will fetaure water, electric, restrooms, showers, laundry and safe secure dockage areas.

The project should be ready for the spring boating season.

North Coast Harbor encompasses 176 acres of lakefront property and stretches from the mouth of the Cuyahoga River to East 9th Street.

In May of 1991, the retired ore carrier Steamship William G. Mather became the NCH's first permanent attraction. In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in the harbor's southeast corner.

Department of Port Control Director Ricky Smith says, "This is such an exciting project for our lakefront to bring new life to the shores of Cleveland."

Smith and Mayor Frank Jackson took part in the groundbreaking.

(Mayor Frank Jackson and Port Control Director Ricky Smith. Photos by Carmen Angelo/WTAM 1100.)

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