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  • Norwalkers say no-no-no to Island Belle

    NORWALK, Conn. – A rumor that the Island Belle may be coming back to Norwalk is totally false, Recreation and Parks Department Director Mike Mocciae said. “There’s no truth to that,” Mocciae said. “It would be nice to get that type of business back but really, we can’t do anything (until the docks are replaced).”

  • Council to vote on tougher rules for commerical Visitors Dock users

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Common Council will have a chance Tuesday night to clamp down on commercial vessels that want to use the City Visitors Dock for evening excursions. The Common Council Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee voted Thursday night to recommend a new set of restrictions aimed at curtailing the kind of early-morning…

  • Mayor, police looking at ways to tamp down bar-closing violence in Norwalk

    Clarification: Video at end is not from one of the recent incidents, but from a fight in 2013. NORWALK, Conn. – The late-night sirens are becoming routine in South Norwalk. While city leaders are looking for ways to boost business in SoNo, bar-closing brawls are giving the city’s entertainment district and bad reputation. Two early-morning…

  • City suspends Island Belle docking permit after another brawl

    NORWALK, Conn. – Another early morning incident aboard the Island Belle has led the city to temporarily suspend the party boat’s permit to use Norwalk’s Visitors Dock. Mayor Harry Rilling took the action Monday morning after receiving a police report that a large number of fights had broken out on the boat when it arrived…

  • Norwalk Police: Man carried loaded handgun onto Island Belle

    Updated, 5:26 p.m., name of man arrested. NORWALK, Conn. – A man was arrested early Sunday morning in Veterans Park after security officers on the Island Belle party boat discovered that he had a loaded handgun, Norwalk Police said. Sgt. Kevin Markert said security officers found the gun in a bag after the boat left…

  • Police, charter company boss differ on Island Belle fight details

    NORWALK, Conn. – He said, she said tales flew Monday morning at the Norwalk Police Department as reporters converged for the daily press briefing and official information about the reported “brawl” Sunday morning aboard the Island Belle. The Island Belle’s operator, Sound Charter owner Ken Hart, was on hand to give his differing version of…

  • Mayor plans to look into brawl on Island Belle that spilled onto Norwalk dock

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Island Belle is no longer based in Norwalk, but the party boat is still making headlines here. The Mississippi River-style sternwheeler returned to the Visitors Dock from a party cruise at 4 a.m. Sunday with a brawl in progress, according to the Norwalk Police. Published reports said there were some injuries,…

  • Island Belle gets OK to set up shop in Rye, N.Y.

  • Report: Norwalk dock not up to the chore it’s being given

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk harbor keepers say their fears have been validated by an outside firm hired by the city in a report that declares that the Veteran Park visitor’s dock is insufficient to support “public assembly,” even as one such assembly is planned for this weekend. The Engineering Assessment and Condition Report of the…

  • Coast Guard: Island Belle still needs hull inspection

    NORWALK, Conn. – Operators of a Mississippi-style river boat have requested the use of the Veterans Park Visitor’s Dock Sunday, although the vessel has not yet had the dive survey of its hull required by the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Investigations Division Chief Dawn Kallen was unaware, when a Wednesday…

  • Coast Guard: Island Belle needs inspection before running paid tour from Norwalk

    NORWALK, Conn. – The operator of a Mississippi River-style stern-wheeler said Monday he is “looking forward to once again sailing from Norwalk and generating revenue for the city,” although he did not say when his boat would undergo a safety inspection required by the U.S. Coast Guard. Ken Hart of Sound Charter Group LLC, operator…

  • Opinion: Almost 6 months in, time for mayor to step out front

    NORWALK, Conn. – “A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim is fulfilled, they will say, “We did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu, philosopher and poet of ancient China In eight days, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will mark his six-month anniversary as the city’s top elected…

  • Island Belle: Open for business, in spite of order to free up Norwalk River

    Updated, 3:49 p.m.: Comment from Richard Warren of O&G. NORWALK, Conn. – A Mississippi River-style stern-wheeler that has been requested to leave its berth in the Norwalk River is instead advertising for business. The Island Belle is blocking barges from reaching Devine Brothers, which is located across the river from the tourist boat’s berth at…

  • Norwalk councilman: Island Belle unwanted

    NORWALK, Conn. – Don’t expect Island Belle operator Ken Hart to get a friendly reception if he decides again to approach Common Council members about once again making Norwalk his base of operations. The Mississippi-style river boat remains docked at O&G Industries on South Smith Street, where it has been since late January, although it…

  • Island Belle said to be blocking Devine Brothers barges

    NORWALK, Conn. – A company hoping to re-establish its commercial presence at the Norwalk Visitor’s Dock has been asked to move its Mississippi River-style stern-wheeler from its current mooring in the Norwalk River because it is blocking deliveries to a neighboring company, according to emails provided to NancyOnNorwalk. The location of the Island Belle at…

  • Rilling rebuffs Island Belle owner, new dock fees pass

    NORWALK, Conn. – Rumors of a reconciliation between Norwalk and the company running a Mississippi river-style paddleboat appear to have been exaggerated. Ken Hart of Sound Charter Group, which operates the Island Belle, appeared in front of the Common Council on Tuesday night. Mayor Harry Rilling promptly shooed him, saying that there was nothing on…