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Tag Archives: Saugatuck Shores
It’s beautiful here in Westport. Sunny, a tad nippy — a typical February 9.
But even on a day like today, Saugatuck Shores worries about water. Betsy P. Kahn photographed these high-tide scenes late this morning:
Meanwhile, not far away on Saugatuck Island, Yvonne Marks captured this much sandier scene:
We’ve still got a few more hours of this. So put another log on the fire, open up one more bottle of wine, and enjoy these wonderful views of Westport in winter. (Click on or hover over to enlarge)
Blizzard bonus feature: Seagulls were out surfing at Compo. Thanks to Dee Dee Scanlin, Chip Stephens and Betsy Pollak for sharing!
Canal is not as well known as Westport’s other beaches — Compo, Old Mill and Burying Hill.
But the view from Saugatuck Shores — captured here today by nearby resident Gene Borio — proves that it is just as beautiful as anywhere else in town.
Sure, the weather has been cold and icy for weeks. But there’s a certain beauty in all that cold and ice — if you know where to look.
Gene Borio does. Here are 3 very cool views, from his perch on Saugatuck Shores.
On Sunday, “06880” heralded the arrival of the Blizzard of Even Before The Universe Was Created with a photo headlined: “Red Sky At Morning…”
48 hours later we are pleased to post this shot, by alert reader Gene Borio. He took it at dusk, by Canal Beach on Saugatuck Shores.
Looks like some nice weather ahead!
The good news is: Gretel Hartmann’s bench is back on Canal Beach.
Alert “06880” reader Gene Borio reports that Saugatuck Shores residents thought Hurricane Sandy swept it away forever. But there it is, right where it was before the storm 2 years ago.
The interesting news is: Gene and his neighbors don’t know how it got there.
“Apparently someone salvaged it from the massive destruction, and now restored it,” he says. “It’s a little worse for wear, but it’s in its proper place on in the sand.”
The bad news is: He doesn’t know who Gretel Hartmann was. The bench was there for about 10 years before Sandy, Gene says.
If any “06880” readers have info on Gretel, let’s give her — and her bench — some due. Click “Comments” to share.
Saugatuck Shores was on the agenda at a recent board of selectmen meeting. They considered 2 petitions: one for speed bumps on Harbor Road, the other against.
Alert “06880” reader Gene Borio doesn’t have a horse in that race. He lives on Canal Road, a 600-yard straightaway. That’s where he’d like to see speed bumps. Or at least a speed-activated sign (which residents have requested, to no avail).
But Gene has another issue with Harbor Road: the new sea wall. In his opinion, it’s waaaay too close to the road. Strolling, jogging, biking, dog-walking — all are now life-in-your-hands situations.
In just half an hour the other day, he saw:
While Gene was taking these photos, a contractor asked what he was shooting.
“The beautiful view, of course,” Gene said.
“And the sea wall. I think it’s too close to the road.”
“Yeah!” the contractor replied. “Why couldn’t they have moved it back 3 feet?!”
Gene thinks that would be tough. But, he says, 1 1/2 to 2 feet could be doable.
As for the traffic photos: “There’s a lot worse than this going on every day,” he says.
Like this shot:
There are no cars nearby — but there could be.
And that’s without speed bumps.
Alert — and proofreading — “06880” reader Jeff Manchester was strolling around Saugatuck Shores yesterday.
For the 1st time, he looked closely at a sign he’s seen often:
Good to know it won’t cost us a cent to launch or trailer park at Canal Beach!