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The Greenwich Harbormaster Primer

The following is a reading list of documents to explain the duties, statutes and issues compelling the Harbormaster of Greenwich in his day to day work of offering safe, serene and harmonious harbors to the boating public of the waters of Greenwich, Connecticut. 

The list is not complete. Several of these documents can be found Online by searches such as the following: (Those that are not available online will be posted in the weeks to come)
  1. The Connecticut Harbormaster (google on line)      
A. Explains the role of Connecticut Harbormasters   

2. Seven Army Corps of Engineers requirements         A. Requirements for compliance in Federal Navigation Projects        
B. 1948 letter to Congress, Sec. of War- Greenwich Harbor of Refuge (FNP)        
C. Mianus Channel (FNP) & Special Anchorage      

3. Connecticut General Statues - Chapter 263 Harbors and Rivers        
A. Sec. 15-1 thru 15-12 State Harbormaster's duties 15-1 Harbor masters (Implement a State approved Harbor Management Plan)            
15-2 Compensation of harbor masters (Reimbursement of expenses)            
15-3 Powers of deputies.            
15-3a "Derelict vessel", "harbor","navigable waters", "navigable waterways", defined.              
15-4 Branford, 15-5 & 15-6 New Haven, 15-7 Bridgeport            
15-8 Power to station vessels. Penalty for resisting. 15-8a "Harbor", "navigable waters" and "navigable waterways", defined  15-9 Vessels may be removed, Procedures. Notice. Regulations. Penalty. 15-10 Penalty for neglect of duty.  15-11 Channels from wharves. 15-11a. Removal and taking of derelict vessels.             15-12 Obstructions upon lands bordering navigable waters.  CGS Chapter 444a Harbor Management Commissions Sec. 22a-113k thru 22a-113t       
These sections of the CGS that govern Harbor Management Commissions and of specific interest is Sec. 22a-113r. Mooring or anchorage permits and 22a-113s. Permit fee. (shall be used for improvement of the harbor and expenses of the harbor master)    

4. The Charter of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut  Article 19, Division 2 Harbor Regulations          
 Sec. 307 thru 311,  Makes no mention of a harbor master       

5. The Extract of the Code of Greenwich, CT Chapter Seven, Section 7-89 reads "Nothing in this ordinance shall be interpereted or demand to conflict with the powers and duties of the Harbormaster."       

6. Appendix F: Town Rules and Regulations For Greenwich Harbor and Cos Cob Harbor.  Sec. 1 through 8 includes a definition of the harbormaster with no referance in rules and regs.      

7. August 30, 2010 TCORS Legal Opinion about the 1949 & 1955 Special Acts states that the Town must act in compliance with State and Federal Law.

The above items may or may not be found on line at this time so these and other documents pertaining to harbor management and the duties of the Harbormaster will be posted on this blog in the weeks to come.     

Thank you for your interest in the waters of Greenwich, CT. "Safe Boating is No Accident" Ian Macmillan

Find my website at: www.shallowwaterdeepthoughts.com

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