Westchester Officials Stand Strong Against Riverfront Barge Parking

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Yonkers Daily Voice: Westchester County officials are teaming together to protest the proposal from the U.S. Coast Guard that could create riverfront anchorage sites for barges that would affect multiple municipalities along the Hudson River.

Since the Coast Guard announced a proposal that would include the installation of 16 anchor berths across 715 acres on the water between Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry, it has come under fire from local, county and state officials.

Recently, an online petition has circulated, which garnered more than 1,500 signatures in days.

“The Hudson River offers a unique natural beauty, and these communities tout the proximity to it as an enormous economic asset,” New York Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.   “These towns have invested millions of dollars to spur economic development along the river under the assumption this beauty would not be infringed upon.

“These anchorages threaten the aesthetic value of the wonderful views the river affords and will obstruct free use of the river for boaters, kayakers, swimmers and others.”  Read more.

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