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City to unveil new entrance, reopen breakwater at Friday ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:12


    Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said Tuesday that one of the most anticipated events of the year will occur at noon Friday — the reopening of the city’s north breakwater.
    “In my five years as mayor, I’ve not seen the level of excitement I have with this,” Mlada told aldermen Tuesday.
    The breakwater has been closed for months as crews worked to improve the gateway, removing the metal catwalk and replacing it with a wide concrete walkway that’s handicapped accessible.
    “This is going to be a major improvement in public access,” Mlada said.
    He told aldermen that one family with a special needs child called him to tell him they’re going to be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
    “They’re very excited to get th eir child out on the breakwater for the first time ever,” Mlada said.
    State and federal officials are expected to be on hand for the ribbon-cutting, he said, as well as representatives of the other groups that have helped fund improvements to the structure.
    Noting that gulls have left their mark on the breakwater, Mlada said city crews will wash the walkway before the ceremony.
    Once people are walking on the structure on a regular basis, officials hope the birds will abandon their perch there.
    Mlada noted that the city’s commitment to improving the breakwater won’t end with Friday’s ceremony.
    Armor stone will be placed on the lake side of the south breakwater this fall, he said, and work on a biofiltration landscape system and wetland project at the entry to the north breakwater will continue for the coming weeks.
    “It does continue to be a construction area,” Mlada said.
    Officials also continue to seek grant funding to improve the far eastern end of the north breakwater, work that would enhance the lighthouse the city is in the process of acquiring.