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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • ‘Grounded’ Island Belle sets Norwalk harbor keeper’s blood boiling

    NORWALK, Conn. – A riverboat that caused controversy in Norwalk is again the source of consternation, as Norwalk’s harbor keepers say it is grounded at low tide in its new location on the Norwalk River. Norwalk Shellfish Commission Chairman Pete Johnson said the Island Belle, a 130-foot long Mississippi river-style boat that left Norwalk after…

  • Island Belle’s visit raises questions about suit, permanent return

    NORWALK, Conn. – The appearance of the Island Belle in Norwalk’s upper harbor area over the weekend, first reported here Sunday morning, has created much talk and speculation, and has raised a few questions. Why did the Mississippi River-style stern-wheeler cruise back into Norwalk and dock at O&G Industries alongside Smith Street? Is there a…

  • What’s up (at the) dock? Island Belle moored in upper harbor

    NORWALK, Conn. – Guess who cruised into the city Saturday night? The Island Belle, the Mississippi-style paddle wheel riverboat that left Norwalk after an unfortunate incident during Superstorm Sandy, apparently sailed up the Norwalk River sometime after dark and tied up parallel to Smith Street, near the Norwalk River Rowing Association headquarters in the upper…

  • Damage to Norwalk’s Visitor Dock could have been avoided, critics say

     Updated, 3:23 p.m. Saturday NORWALK, Conn. – A notable Norwalk tourist attraction is finally gone after overstaying its welcome long enough to create the havoc that was predicted by Norwalk’s harbor keepers. Fortunately, the damage is “not that bad,” according to one contractor. The Island Belle, a Mississippi-style river boat, left its emergency berth on…