Last night, the Planning & Zoning Commission took steps to hear 2 COVID-related text amendments. Both respond to the changing business environment in town, and will be voted on July 23.
One amendment would extend temporary outdoor dining permits through the end of March 2021. Commissioners spoke of their desire to support local restaurants during an uncertain time, and reassure owners that investments they make for outdoor dining will be worthwhile beyond summer.
The second proposed text amendment would extend similar restaurant flexibility to fitness studios and gyms hoping to temporarily locate equipment outdoors. This applies to facilities like JoyRide, nearly all of which are locally owned.
Drafts of both text amendments will be posted Monday for review by the public. Comments may be emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org). To request a Zoom link to participate with “in-person” testimony at the July 23 meeting, email email@example.com.
Romanacci’s Xpress is one of 3 Railroad Place restaurants with outdoor dining.
The pots and flower barrels lining Main Street, and hanging from poles throughout downtown, look gorgeous.
But they don’t water themselves.
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association needs volunteers. Watering takes about an hour a day. To learn more about the sign-up system — and how to choose your time — email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Street planters
Speaking of downtown: There will be one less barber next month.
Ron Provenzano — owner of the shop named for himself at 190 Main Street, in the old Sally’s Place space — is closing around August 7. He, his wife and their children are moving to Wilmington, North Carolina.
It’s not COVID-related, he says. His wife’s business is booming, and she loves that area.
Ron has been in his present shop, above Le Rouge Aaartisan Chocolates, for 6 years. That follows more than a dozen on Railroad Place.
With the closing the other day of Compo Barbers, 2 old-school men’s hair cutters are gone. Westporters will miss them both.
Scott Smith writes:
“In all my years enjoying Old Mill Beach and Compo Beach (this social-distanced season, more than ever), I’ve never seen such a large boat working the waters so close to shore.
“I took photos from near the jetty at Soundview Avenue as this sturdy boat churned in a tight loop up and back, just off the far rocks at Compo Cove. No nets or traps; near as I can tell, it looked like it was sluicing a mound of dirt-like material piled amidships over the gunwales with a water jet.
“After an hour or so, the big black boat was off, headed for deep water and turning west.
“Anybody know if the boat was indeed offloading material into the Sound, and if so, where it came from and what it is?” If you have a clue, click “Comments” below.
Westport Library Book Sale donations are back!
Beginning next week, materials will be accepted every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, during any hours the library is open.
Donors should come to the gray brick shed in the upper parking lot. Donations will be quarantined there for 3 days, before being handled by sale volunteers.
You can bring used books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage magazines and other ephemera. Please: no water-damaged or mildewed materials, VHS tapes, audiocassettes, or self-recorded CDs and DVDs. For more information, click here.
New book sale volunteers are always welcome. Help is needed all year to sort, research and price donated materials; provide merchandising and customer support at book sale events, and supervise and train employees with disabilities. To learn more, email email@example.com
As noted in yesterday’s Roundup, MoCA Westport’s Helmut Lang exhibition is now open. There’s plenty of room to enjoy the show — just be like these visitors, and wear a mask!
And finally … yesterday’s “06880” story on the Paycheck Protection Program noted the 137 Westport businesses that got loans of at least $150,000, helping them meet payrolls and keep folks employed.
Another Paycheck — Johnny — had a different view of work. Back in 1977, he sang: