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Rockland clears greenery to open harbor view

Jan 23, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts A Rockland public service crew removes shrubs to improve the view of the harbor along Ocean Street.

Rockland — Rockland public services workers were clearing overgrown shrubs and trees Friday that were blocking the view of Rockland Harbor off Ocean Street.

The work was done on property owned by Rockland Harbor Park LLC and Safe Harbor Marinas.

Last month, Safe Harbor purchased about five acres off Ocean Street from Rockland Harbor Park, including the marina pier, the building where Archer's on the Pier is located, the parking lot next to Archer's, the gazebo and part of the concrete section of the boardwalk.

For years, the city has offered to remove shrubs and vegetation on the private property that blocked the view of the harbor from Ocean Street.

The new owners, Yachting Solutions and Rockland Harbor Park, agreed to the work with the sale of the property.

City Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf issued a statement Jan. 21.

"The community is receiving their wish to have their harbor views restored! The harbor view corridor creates a new level of beauty on the Boardwalk and throughout the neighborhood. Responding to Rockland’s Charter, directing the City to protect our harbor view corridors, the City of Rockland, Yachting Solutions and Safe Harbors have responded.

"They are committed to renewing the upkeep of the Boardwalk and appropriate landscaping. This has been years in the making. Come and join us to celebrate harbor views," MacLellan-Ruf stated.

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Comments (13)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 26, 2021 12:42

If this new company keeps the boardwalk safe and in repair then it is a good return on our money. That boardwalk draws many people to town and at times it needs repair.How much does it cost to rearrange for the businesses along Main Street. If I have to chip in on that I can chip in on clearing that brush.



Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 26, 2021 10:29

Sumner, call GHOST BUSTERS............................



Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jan 26, 2021 07:08

What a fantastic visual improvement along that stretch of road.  Great job.  I have a large maple tree on a property I own.  Who should I call to come remove it?  Is it the public works director?  The author of the article should of provided the number.

 



Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jan 26, 2021 07:07

What a fantastic visual improvement along that stretch of road.  Great job.  I have a large maple tree on a property I own.  Who should I call to come remove it?  Is it the public works director?  The author of the article should of provided the number.

 



Posted by: Elizabeth Dickerson | Jan 25, 2021 17:35

Yes, Steve, almost as good as arriving on the Friday train, hope to be accepting invitations once it's safe to do so. PG Tips and ginger snaps. :-)



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 25, 2021 13:59

Thankful for going down and looking over the site before putting in my two cents worth.  Amazing the difference it makes to the view; especially if you are walking. Many of us walk that  area on a regular basis and appreciate the fact that Safe Harbors have said they will keep the boardwalk open and repaired. If you have walked it lately you will have seen there is going to be some major concrete work coming up.  Rather than sitting at the city garage waiting for a snowstorm it made good sense to get the shrubs removed. Well done.



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 25, 2021 08:03

Rockland Harbor Park LLC is a Limited Liability Corporation out of Delaware.  Safe Harbor Marinas is based in Dallas TX!  Why oh why is the city government using OUR HARD EARNED DOLLARS for private land owned by Big Corporations?  This really makes me very upset!!!  Time and time again, I can not trust our city government.  They tell us that they are going to listen to our opinions and what we have to say, yet, they spent money doing something that was not our responsibility and that the big corporations could have paid for!



Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 25, 2021 03:15

Obviously we can afford to do what we want. We do not have to ask permission. Just like blocking concrete barriers. All in a days work to keep the payroll intact.



Posted by: Linda L Post | Jan 24, 2021 18:59

Public money on private property! Usually a no no



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 24, 2021 08:51

Sorry for the repeat folks my first post did not post so though I may have been banished by the paper. After all I am a known Trump supporter.



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 24, 2021 08:48

I kinda enjoy reading the "mid-winter" couriers.  More "local interest" stories and fewer hot issues. More like the old time local newspapers "Sarah's cat rescued by police", "public works clears scrubs", "lizzy dickerson's back in town". Relaxing reading.



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 24, 2021 08:42

I kinda enjoy reading the "mid-winter" couriers. Lots of "local interest" stories, fewer hot issues.  We can see public works at least doing something and learn what "Lizzy" is up to.



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 24, 2021 07:40

Again, at tax payers expense!

 



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