Coast Guard holds ribbon cutting ceremony in Cape May, NJ

5th Coast Guard District NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday for the new multi-mission building here.

This new building will house the crews of Station Cape May, Aids to Navigation Team Cape May, Coast Guard Cutters Mako, Ibis, Finback, and the Vessel Boarding Security Team who all previously worked out of different locations.

The buildings they formerly worked in, averaging 65 years old, were originally built to support Army activities. The move to the new facility will improve mission capability.

The new building is 26,400 square feet with an accompanying vessel support building that measures 3,500 square feet, which provides the capacity to pull multiple units into a single building. The Coast Guard broke ground in September 2010 and the building cost $11.4 million.

“This building was not built by one person, it was because of the efforts of many that we are standing here today to celebrate this new vital resource,” said Capt. Meredith Austin, commander of Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia.

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