had. That was after the property had changed hands from one
developer to the current owner,
Building and Land Technology
(BLT) based in Stamford,
Connecticut. The 14-acre boatyard is part of a single 80-acre
parcel of former industrial land
on Stamford’s waterfront now
under redevelopment by BLT.
Called Harbor Point, it’s a $200
million mixed-use project to
include office, retail, and other
commercial space as well as residential units, just 35 miles from
The Big Apple.
“Dawn and I had been watching what
was going on at the boatyard, how things
were falling apart,” says Goldenberg, who
keeps her 40-foot Cruisers Inc. Aft Cabin,
Clan V, in a marina adjacent to the yard.
“One day last summer, we were on our boats
talking about the situation and we looked
at each other and said, ‘We can’t let this
happen,’ and Dawn said, ‘Let’s get a petition going,’ so that’s what we did.” The pair
put together a simple statement demanding to keep the yard open, complete with
WORKING WATERFRONTS III ANNOUNCED
THE THIRD NATIONAL WORKING WATERFRONTS AND WATERWAYS SYMPOSIUM is slated for March 2013 in Tacoma, Washington. The conference, to be hosted by the Washington and Oregon Sea Grant programs, will put a West Coast perspective on two previous events that focused on
strategies to keep water-dependent operations, such as marinas, boatyards, commercial fishing docks,
and charter boat facilities, in operation.
BoatU.S. and Virginia Sea Grant initiated the first symposium, held in Norfolk, Virginia, in May 2007,
and aimed it at elected officials and policymakers confronted with a “waterfront land rush” that saw
unprecedented loss of marina slips and boating-support businesses to residential development. Maine
Sea Grant and others convened a second symposium in September 2010 that launched the National
Working Waterfront Network to connect stakeholders, policymakers, and water-dependent businesses.
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sign-up sheets, and set to work. “We’d go
anywhere we could find a bunch of people,”
Goldenberg says. “We knocked on doors, sat
outside grocery stores, passed petitions out
in restaurants when we were out to dinner
— anywhere. We always kept extra copies
with us and if somebody said they wanted to
help, we got them to sign.”
Within two weeks, the grassroots go-
getters had collected 600 signatures by
themselves. Then in the fall, they attended
an outdoor political rally where they figured
they could get some publicity for their cause.
That’s where they met Maureen Boylan. She
and her partner keep their 27-foot Sea Ray,
Misty’s Gals II, at a nearby marina, also oper-
ated by Brewer and called Yacht Haven East.
That 360-slip marina, which remains open,
is entirely separate from the yard that is now
closed. Boylan, like so many boaters in the
area, had relied on Yacht Haven West for
fuel, maintenance, and any needed repairs.
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