ROCKLAND — City officials began talks with Safe Harbor Marinas to secure public access to the boardwalk Thursday, Oct. 28.

Mayor Ed Glaser, Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf, and City Manager Tom Luttrell met at city hall with Bill Morong and Mike Sabatini, as well as an attorney for Safe Harbor. Mayor Glaser said the meeting was set up after the last Council discussion on the issue.

MacLellan-Ruf said at the Council’s Nov. 1 meeting, the Oct. 28 meeting with marina representatives was very productive, and city officials discussed every issue raised by the public.

The city’s attorney and Safe Harbor have been working on coming up with an agreement to ensure public access to the boardwalk. The boardwalk was built by MBNA when they opened the waterfront office complex in 2001. Rockland Harbor Park LLC, led by local developer Stuart Smith, purchased the property in 2007.

Safe Harbor purchased Yachting Solutions in December 2020, along with nearly five acres Yachting Solutions leased from Rockland Harbor Park. City officials said they would also talk with Smith and his partners about boardwalk access.

Glaser said Safe Harbor has also agreed to pay for the cost of moving any moorings that have to be relocated by the proposed marina expansion. They will also help the city assign the moorings close to where they are currently located.

Safe Harbor has also agreed to allow limited access to the pier at the marina, improve public access to Sandy Beach and help with a public bathroom to replace the portable toilets at the city-owned beach.

Councilor Nate Davis said as a result of the progress with the talks he was postponing indefinitely his proposal to require compensation from Safe Harbor from its marina expansion.

The project includes dredging an area 138,000 square feet, according to the application. The expansion of the float system includes four 150-foot long fingers to the east of the main pier; a 90-foot finger to the west; and a 115-foot long and a 172-foot string of floats to the west.

The original, more expansive plan, was submitted back in 2018 by Yachting Solutions.

The state’s submerged land bureau is scheduled to visit the marina at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.