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Harbormaster to Mariners: Prepare Your Vessels, Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon Us

Remove all anchors from the bow of your boat. Anchors, especially plow anchors, can act like knives in rough seas and cut mooring bridles. Any boats left unattended on moorings for extended periods of time should follow this procedure as a standard practice. Inspect chocks and cleats. On a dock or slip: Extra lines, extra fenders and keep the lines from being too tight. Be sure to have fenders between your boat and your neighbor’s boat as well as the dock. Don’t wait until the day of a storm to prepare for the event. Conditions may prevent launch and tender services from operating at certain times. Continue Reading →

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Harbor Master: Restore the “Hurricane Hole” in the Greenwich Harbor

Greenwich Harbor, especially the northern most area, near exit 3 I-95, is recognized as a harbor of refuge by an act of Congress in 1948. The Harbor Management Commission should not prevent the full restoration of Greenwich Harbor to current Army Corps of Engineers specifications by dredge or they will be in noncompliance with the policies of the State of Connecticut and Congress. – Ian MacMillan, Greenwich Harbor Master Continue Reading →

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DEEP Okays Greenwich’s Harbor Management Plan; MacMillan: My priorities remain the same

” I’ll continue to meet my duties under CT state law and federal law, including offer serene and harmonious harbors to all mariners, to station all vessels seaward of the high water mark in Greenwich and offer safe harbors to all who require them.” – Ian MacMillan, Greenwich Harbor Master Continue Reading →

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Harbor Management Commission Denies Parks & Rec Request for $2,900 to Upgrade Key Buoys

A Parks & Rec request for $2,900 to upgrade buoys to mark Jake’s Reef, Finch’s Rock, Salt Rock, Sugar Boat and the wreck of the Kevin B at Captain’s Island was denied by the Harbor Management Commission at the Jan. 21 meeting. All five buoys have been known to drift, resulting in potentially hazardous situation for boaters, and have been a concern of the harbor master for many years. Continue Reading →

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Greenwich Harbor Management Commission Déja Vu: Get a Legal Opinion. Get a Plan.

Ian MacMillan, the Town’s state appointed Harbor Master, sat silently at  Wednesday night’s Harbor Management Commission (HMC) meeting at Greenwich Town Hall. Conversation devolved to the same contentious arguments that have been brought up time and time again concerning who has ultimate jurisdiction over the harbors of Greenwich. Again and again the commission and larger than usual audience who turned out on a cold night, reminded themselves there still is no harbor management plan. HMC member Bruce Angiolillo distributed dozens of spiral bound, tabbed copies of a presentation he prepared containing seven sections. He said the intention was to clarify the statutory framework and what he described as “the lay of the water.” Continue Reading →

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