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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina
Vol 6.13


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Norwalk WALK RR Bridge Updates and Info

A open meeting was held on May 11'th to update the public on the status of the WALK bridge  (The Norwalk River Metro North/ Amtrack / Freight train bridge which
Possible new WALK Bridge (Harold Cobin)
carries approximately 200 trains and 125,000 passengers daily). Presented was a Program Overview and PowerPoint presentation with the latest developments.

The short summary is that the design hasn't been nailed down and the current cost estimates are about double the the original projected costs. They are now between 400 and 600 million dollars depending on the design. A temporary bridge may or may not be required, and the latest design concepts include a vertical lifting bridge option or a pivoting bascule bridge. Each option would include two units of two tracks each for redundancy.

See the walkbridgect website... HERE

and the PowerPoint presentation... HERE

and the local blog "Nancy on Norwalk" summary... HERE

Possible bascule bridge 
(Howard Cobin) 
The project, which is slated to start in 2018 after more than two years of securing surrounding properties, engineering & design reviews, public and environmental impact studies plus state and federal fundraising is GOING TO BE HUGE!    
2016 Calendar of Fun Things to do
Around the Sound  

It's time to make your summer boating plans - check out our 2016 Calendar of fun things to do around the Sound !

We'll be adding to it weekly and ask you to share any additional events you find.

See it... HERE

E-mail additional events to: 

The Rex Marine & Norwalk Cove Photo Contest is off to a running start, and here is the current leading photo>>>>

Submit your photos, we'll post them Instagram, and they'll be judged by how many "Likes" they receive.

The winner of the Spring Photo Contest will be announced at the Rex June 25th Customer Appreciation / Open House Party and get a $ 50.00 Gift Certificate! 

Submit your photos to:

See the pictures here...
Norwalk Seaport Association Commissioning Day Celebration  -  May 21st
The Norwalk Seaport Association will be opening their summer season with a Commissioning Day Celebration on Saturday May 21'st at the Ferry Dock by the Aquarium.

The festivities will including the blessing of the CJ Toth ferry catamaran, the announcement of the headline entertainment for the 2016 Oyster Festival (Sept 10-11) and schedules for the Association's summer activities: Ferry service to Sheffield Island, tours of the Sheffield lighthouse, boat tours and sunset cruises around the Norwalk Islands, clambakes, barbecues, a Pirates weekend and their famous Haunted Lighthouse weekend.

Sheffield Island welcomes more than 5,000 visitors each year from Connecticut and beyond, including many school and scouting groups.   For more info, call 203-838-9444 or see their website... HERE 

ALSO - Volunteers Needed: 
Saturday, June 4th to Clean the Nature Trail on Sheffield Island.   Details... HERE
Norwalk Cove is Now Offering  
With the completion of the new bulkhead at the launching area comes a new service - Forklift Launching!

Perfect for runabouts or dry store boats to 26 feet, this rounds out Norwalk Cove's hauling and launching capabilities.

Other services offered by Norwalk Cove include custom refinishing using superior AwlGrip and International Paint Products  

Call or e-mail the service department to discuss your "new look" !
Phone (203) 838-3681 
Rex Valet Rack Service

Makes boating SIMPLE!
1 - Use the app to schedule a launch
2 - Walk down to your ready-to-go boat
3 - Have Fun in the Sun
4 - Drop off the boat and it's put way for you - no hassle.
5 - Refer a friend and you both save $ !!

If you have a busy life but love the water, it's the answer!
 Learn More   See the RACK MAN video
The Volvo Ocean Race to Return
to Newport in 2018

The Volvo Ocean Race management recently announced that the next stopover in Newport, RI will take place May 8 -20, 2018, after which the boats make a first-time stopover in Cardiff, Wales.

The 2015 stopover was a huge success with the boats on display, interactive demonstrations, concerts, parties and Newport taken by storm! Make your plans to visit.  More... HERE  
Surprise!   Sunsceens Often Don't Offer the Protection They Claim.  
(CNN) Nearly half of sunscreen products in the United Statesdo not live up to the SPF claim on their bottles, according to a new study.

Researchers at Consumer Reports independently evaluated the Sun Protection Factor value of 65 sunscreen products -- including lotions, sprays and sticks -- and found that 43% of them had less SPF than the label promised. Any reduction would block fewer UVB rays from sunlight, which can cause sunburn and skin cancer.

See the CNN article... HERE   

and the Consumer Reports study... HERE 

Save the DATE... Starts 5/27 
Memorial Day Special SALE at Rex Marine!
25% off dock lines and fenders  
25% off all boat cleaning products    

Enjoy this great deal on already discounted products!  

Come on down!
Cove Member Activities

Norwalk Cove Spring Picnic
(for Cove Boaters)  
May 21st 11:30 - 1:30 
Bingo Night    Friday July 8

Dinghy Poker Run
   Saturday July 23
               This year with LIVE Music for the party  

Bingo Night 
Friday August 19


REX Customer Appreciation Day / Open House 

Save the Date...June 25th 

This Saturday
Vessel Safety Checks at Rex Marine

Sat May 21 for National Safe Boating Week

Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water.

Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 72, Norwalk, will be at Rex Marine on Saturday May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to answer questions about boating safely, and to offer courtesy vessel safety checks.  The vessel safety check takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
Boating Courses and Seminars

Safe Boating Certs, Navigation & Boat Handling  

See the updated list...    HERE

On a Final Note,