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Tag Archives: Ned Dimes Marina
Visitors to Compo Beach — and there have been many these recent, beautiful days — have wondered about all the heavy equipment near South Beach.
They’re there to dredge the Ned Dimes Marina and adjacent channel.
It’s the first time since 1993. Since then, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy — along with the natural movement of tides — have created dangerous conditions for boaters.
The project involves over 20,000 cubic yards of sand.
And in 2040 or so, we’ll do it all over again.
It took Michael Calise just 1 minute to nail last week’s photo challenge. He knew that Lynn U. Miller’s image was part of the anchor that sits in a small grassy area a few yards from the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach.
Of course, Michael is a Compo regular, in all kinds of weather. He should have known it!
Joining Michael in the winner’s circle are Kathie Bennewitz, Seth Schachter and Tom Wall.
NOTE: The base of the anchor contains a plaque: “In memory of John J. Benjamin, 1926-1958.” Does anyone know who he was, what he did (and why he died so young)?
This week’s photo was (duh) taken before Thursday’s snowfall. If you know where photographer Maria Vailakis-Wippick spotted this, click “Comments” below. And if you know what it is and why it’s there, add that info too.
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:
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 bank of clouds this morning seemed to presage a gray day.
Just before noon though, the sun broke through.
The rest of the day brought different clouds: beautiful, white, fluffy ones.
As usual on a summer Sunday, Compo Beach was the place to be.
(Click on or hover over images to enlarge. All photos by Dan Woog unless otherwise noted.)
Ed Stalling is remembered by more than a plaque.
Carol MacDonald, Jack Harder, Bill Kiedaisch, Tom Wall and Carl Volckmann all correctly identified the site of the memorial in last week’s photo challenge: at Compo Beach’s Ned Dimes Marina.
They — and many others, including Ed’s sons Bob, Ed Jr., Dave and Susan — added loving tributes about the fisherman/outdoorsman/Scout leader’s influence on their lives. To read all the comments — and see the photo — click here.
This week’s challenge seems obscure. But this picnic bench is actually very visible. You just have to know where to look.
If you think you know where it is, click “Comments” below.