The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $7.5 million to the state of Texas for repair and replacement work at Port Arthur’s Pleasure Island Marina in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

The storm surge from Ike damaged the marina. The funding will help restore docks at various locations in the marina to their pre-disaster condition, function and capacity; it will also replace a total of 299 boat slips among the eight docks.

“We are committed to helping Texas recover from this devastating storm,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “These grants will assist the state in its efforts to get the marina and community back on the road to recovery.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program funds represent the federal government’s 90 percent cost share of the total estimated $8.3 million project. FEMA awards funding for projects directly to the state of Texas; the state then forwards the grant to the eligible applicant.

The purpose of FEMA’s Public Assistance program is to provide assistance to eligible state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared.