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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 18:55

Denis Sullivan will return for Labor Day weekend

    The tall ship Denis Sullivan will return to Port Washington for the Labor Day holiday, thanks to a successful visit earlier this month.
    “All of the sails were sold out,” City Administrator Mark Grams said of the Aug. 11 to 13 visit. “You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”
    The deck tours and five sails had been projected to bring in $5,000, he said, but instead raised almost $8,000.
    That money is enough to pay for the Sept. 1 to 3 visit approved by the Common Council last week.
    The 137-foot schooner will offer five sails over the Labor Day weekend, including a live music-themed trip — the visit is being held in conjunction with the Paramount Music Festival on Coal Dock Park — and a sunset cruise on Sept. 2.
    Ald. John Sigwart noted the importance of the Sullivan’s visits to the city, since they have allowed the community to regain its status as a commercial port and made the city eligible for federal grant funds for such projects as the breakwater repairs.
    “I’d like to see a little better funding by the council,” Sigwart said. “It’s really important to have the Sullivan in the harbor so we can continue to recieve grants.
    “I’d like the council to consider a little more investment (in the visits) so we can continue our commercial harbor status.”
    Mayor Tom Mlada reiterated the importance of the designation and the city’s relationship with the Sullivan and Discovery World, which owns the vessel.
    “We have a couple of really big grant applications out there (for the breakwater repairs and lighthouse restoration),” he said. “If we didn’t have this relationship, these grants wouldn’t even be in the pipeline.”
    Mlada also suggested the city needs to continue its marketing position, which he said is instrumental in promoting three major events, including the Sullivan visits.
    “If we can keep Nicole (Styles, the city’s marketing and communications coordinator), in place into January, we can do more planning,” he said.Daily Press