From the $17 million announced from the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program, Orleans County received $707,490.
The money was awarded to 140 businesses in shoreline communities, including four in Orleans County, to assist with restoration and resiliency efforts from prior flooding events, and to strengthen businesses against future flooding. The grants were awarded to businesses in the eight county area that surrounds Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River as part of the Governor’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, which was established in response to devastating flooding along shoreline communities in 2017 and 2019.
Orleans County had four businesses that were awarded the money:
n Captain’s Cove Motel & Marina — $190,654;
n Cottages on Oak Orchard River, LLC — $200,000;
n Four C’s Marina and Lodging, LLC — $152,636;
n Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina, Inc. — $164,200.
Eligible capital projects reduced the applicant’s vulnerability to risks that were experienced during the high-water events along the shores of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and other nearby waterways such as flooding or erosion. Projects included:
n Elevating and or moving, landward, non-water dependent features such as offices, restrooms, stores, restaurants, parking or boat storage.
n Raising/relocating fueling facilities.
n Converting to floating docks or other docks that allow for movement with water levels (adapted to both high and low water) such that docks can raise to a minimum elevation.
n Strengthening existing dockage by evaluating and strengthening connection points between dock sections (typically the weakest point).
n Retaining and/or creating vegetated buffers along the waterfront.