At a Bi-Annual General Meeting, the Bay de Verde Harbour Authority presented the following people with plaques for years of service to the Harbour Authority of Bay de Verde. Congratulations!
Patrick Broderick – 9 years
Randy Noonan – 7 years
Glen Noonan – 6 years
Donald Quinlan – 5 years
In due course, the Authority hired an employee to do all necessary work on the waterfront. They also acquired land from the town council to erect a Harbour Authority Building. At last, after over four hundred years of use Bay de Verde had a viable way to plan and implement improvements to one of its most valuable asset, the waterfront.
The first project was the construction of a new wharf built next to the launchway in the north-east part of the harbour to be used exclusively by the smaller boats. The final plan to make Bay de Verde Harbour more secure was a joint project of the newly formed Harbour Authority and the Small Crafts and Harbours division of DFO. In 2001, a new dock along the north side of the harbour was constructed. The following year another breakwater was constructed from the tip of Blundon’s Point extending in a southerly direction to intercept just inside the existing one. This project has allowed for the placement of floating wharves on the north side providing secure tie-up facilities for all of the smaller boats as well as giving adequate room for the manipulation of the larger boats on the south side.
Over the last number of years, the Bay de Verde Harbour Authority has been successful in obtaining funding of millions of dollars to implement vast improvements to the waterfront. Today Bay de Verde Harbour, although not a completely safe harbour, is a far cry from the ‘wild fishing cove’ described by Captain Berry.