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State Rep. Dave Wilson Marvel Saltmarsh Project

Date: October 22, 2018


Ground Broken for Saltmarsh  Boardwalk Project at Slaughter Beach
State Rep. Dave Wilson recently joined Gov. John Carney, conservationists, and other state officials and legislators to break ground for the Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve Boardwalk project. 

The boardwalk and overlook will enable visitors, including schoolchildren, to walk out onto the saltmarsh to view and experience this unique ecosystem.  The preserve is home to many species, including fiddler crabs, blue crabs, grass shrimp, mollusks, and insects, as well as being a premier birding destination.  The walk's Y-shaped design, totaling approximately 345 feet, will provide access to a marsh pool at one end and an elevated view of a nearby osprey nest platform at the other end.  
Owned and managed by the Delaware Nature Society, the 109-acre Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve was donated in 1988 by the Marvel Family of Milford -- Randy and Linda Marvel, and Harvey and Kate Marvel -- who attended Thursday's event.   

The Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve scenic overlook project was made possible by a partnership between multiple state and federal agencies, the Town of Slaughter Beach, the Delaware Nature Society, several local businesses, State Sen. Gary Simpson, and State Rep. Harvey Kenton..

Paying Homage to Those Protecting  our Homes and Families

Firefighters from around the state gathered on Saturday morning to dedicate the new Delaware Firefighters' Memorial.

Located on the southeast corner of Legislative Mall, the memorial consists of a bronze casting of a firefighter, an obelisk, and several black granite blocks on which the names of 57 Delaware firefighters killed while serving the state are inscribed.

In addition to their selfless life-saving work in our communities, Delaware's volunteer firefighters are also credited with saving state taxpayers tens-of-millions of dollars annually that would otherwise be spent to replace their service.