Applications sought for harbor management commission

Interested in the ins and outs of Greenwich’s waterways? Think you can manage the town’s harbors? The Board of Selectmen is looking for you.

Now that the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has given approval to an ordinance that will create a new harbor management commission in town, volunteer members are being sought. This commission will have jurisdiction “within and over all ‘navigable waters’ and inter-tidal areas below the mean high water line of the shoreline of Greenwich” and within the town’s territorial limits.

There will be seven regular members of the commission and two alternates.

Once all the members are nominated and approved, the commission will be tasked with actually developing a harbor management plan for the town, which many residents have called for. Additionally, the commission has the power to enter into contracts, employ consultants and spend money for equipment, supplies and staff in meeting its mission through the normal town approval process.

In accordance with an approved harbor management plan, the commission would have the authority to create regulations for moorings and charge fees but those would also have to be approved by the selectmen and the RTM.

The RTM overwhelmingly approved the creation of the commission last month by a 150-3 vote with two abstentions. That means members may now be sought through the usual town process. Nominations will be made by the selectmen and then sent to the RTM for approval. At the board’s Sept. 26 meeting, First Selectman Peter Tesei said applications are already being received from residents and he anticipated interviews taking place within the next month.

“This is going to bring local control of our harbors under the aegis of this commission working with the Board of Selectmen,” Mr. Tesei said. “We’re certainly pleased with the passage.”

People interested in applying for consideration to be a member are urged to fill out a nomination form online at and email it to Peter Crumbine, a member of the Selectmen’s Nominations Advisory Committee, at [email protected]


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