Stamford, CT, Boaters Fight to Save Boatyard
October 17, 2011
Stamford Advocate: There’s a struggle now in Stamford pitting 2 old opponents: the big developer vs. the little guy. The scrap is over an unlikely issue. The little guy—in this case, residents—wants to keep the city’s last working boatyard. The developer —in this case, Building & Land Technology—did not renew its lease with the operator of the boatyard, and it closes October 31. BLT executives have not committed to building a yard where boats can be hauled, repaired and stored for the winter.
So the little guy is doing what the little guy can do—organizing. A group called Save Our Boatyard will hold a rally from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, in Kosciuszco Park on Dyke Lane.
“This is the largest land developer in the Northeast taking on the biggest working boatyard in the Northeast. It’s gaining momentum like no tomorrow,” said Maureen Boylan, rally organizer. “Boaters, non-boaters, regular taxpayers are supporting this. A lot of businesses are supporting it. So are city workers. For reasons of harbor safety, members of the fire department and police department support it. So do people from Greenwich, Darien and Norwalk. They had their boats serviced there, too. There’s no other working boatyard around.”