Tag Archives: Compo Beach

Serene Scene

Today’s snow was as nice as any in mid-March can be.

It was lovely. It was light. The roads were warm enough to melt it instantly. Kids got a day off from school. (Bonus: A 3-day weekend.)

Alert “06880” photographer Andrew Colabella captured this gorgeous Compo Beach scene:

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Spring is right around the corner. Daylight Savings starts tomorrow night. (Turn those clocks forward!)

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Temperatures will plunge to the mid-teens tonight. It will be c-c-c-cold all weekend.

Snow arrives Monday night. It may snow all day Tuesday, and linger Wednesday. Winds will blow up to 40 miles and hour.

You know how happy we were with that mild winter?

Damn.

Giving Thanks For What We’ve Got

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Irene Penny)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Irene Penny)

Compo Marina: Then And Now

In the wake of my recent “06880” post about the upcoming Compo Beach marina dredging project — specifically, who should pay for it — plenty of folks weighed in (on both sides of the issue).

The 50-plus comments included several from long-time and once-upon-a-time slip owners. Some recalled an era before permanent docks, when you did not have to wait several years for a mooring permit.

Now, alert reader Matt Murray sends along this fascinating aerial photo:

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The shot — taken by R.P. Lentini in 1965 – shows a much less crowded basin, for sure. And yes, owners had to toot horns to be ferried from their boat to the dock.

But there are some other interesting items too, which you can see clearly if you hover over the photo or click on to enlarge.

Chubby Lane’s concession stand sits where the volleyball courts are today.

To the south of Chubby’s and the pavilion are the old (and very scary) wooden bathhouses.

But what are those two rectangular things in the bottom of the photo, near the west end of the circular drive?

And — most importantly — why was there no one at the beach?

It’s mid-summer; the trees are full. But there are just a couple of cars, and no one on the sand.

It’s hard to tell from the photo. Perhaps it was taken just after a thunderstorm.

Or maybe no one went to Compo in the summer of ’65?

A much more recent shot of the Compo Beach Ned Dimes Marina.

A much more recent shot of the Compo Beach Ned Dimes Marina.

So Long, 2016!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Timeless Compo

As we think about the end of one year, and the start of a new one, this is a great time to enjoy a “timeless” shot of a favorite Westport scene.

Happy New Year to all beach lovers!

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Winter…

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

While You Were Away…

You might not get to Compo Beach much these days — particularly on a chilly December weekday.

But 2 of Westport’s most talented photographers headed there this morning. Here’s what they found:

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

(Photo/John Videler)

(Photo/John Videler)

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Only 21 Days Until Christmas…

(Photo/Robert Augustyn)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Robert Augustyn)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Luisa Francoeur)

Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Luisa Francoeur)

Surf’s Up!

The wind picked up today — and windsurfers kiteboarders headed to Compo.

Just another October 20 in Westport!

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RTM Votes May Bring Changes To Town

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting made 2 important decisions last night.

In a 23-9 vote, the RTM denied a petition to overturn the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of a 4-story, 94-unit rental building on Post Road East, opposite Crate & Barrel.

The decision brings the property one step closer to construction — and the town closer to a 4-year moratorium on building additional “affordable housing” units under state 8-30g regulations.

Thirty of the units would be “affordable,” as defined by Connecticut law.

The newest design looks “more residential” than an earlier version, developer Philip Craft says. It includes 54 studio apartments, and 40 1-bedroom units.

The redesigned 4-story 1177 Post Road East rental property.

The redesigned 4-story 1177 Post Road East rental property.

The RTM also authorized $70,000 for design and engineering plans, for a walkway and restrooms at Compo’s South Beach. That vote was 24-2, with 1 abstention.