Ferry to move across Bridgeport Harbor

Ferry to move across Bridgeport Harbor

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bptnews

Matawan, NJ

#1 Apr 15, 2014
Bad news for Downtown is going suffer more....

BRIDGEPORT -- It's too bad the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry lacks sails, because the wind is at its back.
Four years after shooting down the ferry company's bid to move across the harbor from downtown, the Zoning Commission approved a zoning amendment Monday allowing the relocation to Seaview Avenue.
The next step is for the ferry company to submit detailed plans for the new, 65-foot tall terminal to the commission and also to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
"We're working feverishly and hope within the next couple months to file," said Raymond Rizio, the ferry's attorney.
Opposition to the project has dwindled significantly over the last four years, to the point where no one spoke against it at a public hearing earlier in the month.
In contrast, the ferry's initial proposal was so divisive that a July, 2010 public hearing ran into the early morning hours.
When the zoning commission shot it down, the ferry company appealed in court, and, in 2012, lost.
Rizio, who also represented the ferry company in 2010, said a state report on Connecticut's major harbors that emphasized the importance of growing the ferry operation helped change minds.
Proponents of the move have long-complained that the ferry is hemmed in on a downtown acre. The Seaview Avenue property is 15 acres.
And the ferry company has also proposed to bring 100 jobs to the city.
"There were big changes" from 2010, Rizio said.
Another change is Charles Willinger, an attorney representing the Holiday Inn and some other downtown clients who opposed the ferry's relocation, is no longer rattling his saber.
Earlier this year Willinger said moving the ferry away from the train and bus stations "will rip the heart out of that intermodal (public transit) system."
But Willinger did not appear at the Zoning Commission's public hearing to oppose the application. He subsequently said his clients are talking to the ferry company about ways to ensure there remains a connection to the downtown.
The ferry intends to provide shuttle service to the train and bus stations and the city would also like to make water taxis across the harbor available in warm weather.
"The ferry company's always been a big supporter of downtown and all the businesses there," Rizio said. He said the two sides are working to "memorialize the fact everybody will continue to cross market and work together to keep downtown Bridgeport moving forward."
America Gentleman Samuel

Sherman, CT

#2 Apr 15, 2014
It was cheaper to take the ferry from LI then pay for parking at the Elton John concert.

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#3 Apr 16, 2014
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
It was cheaper to take the ferry from LI then pay for parking at the Elton John concert.
But now you and Tippy will have to walk farther. And the shuttlebus will inevitably be another mismanaged mess.

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#4 Apr 18, 2014
# 2 & # 3 are Nut Cases.

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#5 Apr 19, 2014
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
# 2 & # 3 are Nut Cases.
At least I remember where I buried my nuts last fall. And they're not just nuts, they're doughnuts.

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#6 Apr 19, 2014
If only that friggin' highway wasn't built so close to the shore. If it wasn't, Bridgeport could have a spectacular view of the harbor and Pleasure Island.

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