Honors for longtime Southport harbor master
Updated 2:02 pm, Thursday, December 29, 2011
Patrick L. Carroll Jr., the longtime Southport harbor master, has been accorded state and local honors.
Carroll, a retired Fairfield police captain, was formally presented with the Connecticut Harbor Management Association's Ron D. Aliano Leadership Award at a recent meeting of the town's Harbor Management Commission.
Mary von Conta, the commission's chairwoman, and member Nelson North had accepted the award on Carroll's behalf at the Dec. 6 gathering of the state association. Geoff Steadman, an association board member, presented the award to Carroll.
"We were honored to receive this award for Pat at the association's annual dinner meeting. However, we also wanted to celebrate Pat's well-deserved honor with him, his family members and the members of the Fairfield Harbor Commission," von Conta said in a statement. "Pat is an extraordinary man. We are all fortunate to benefit from his wisdom and hard work."
Joining in the accolades for Carroll was First Selectman Michael Tetreau, who said, "Pat Carroll is an outstanding member of our community who is very deserving of this fitting tribute. Fairfield is very fortunate to have such a dedicated citizen who has contributed so much to the town.
"This is volunteerism at its best."
The Aliano Leadership Award is presented to someone judged by the association to have shown "leadership, initiative and made significant contributions to advancing the cause of managing Connecticut's ports and harbors," according to the state association.
Carroll, a lifelong Fairfield resident, was appointed the Southport harbor master in 1992 by then-Gov. Lowell Weicker and re-appointed in by then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell. He was also active in the adoption of the town's Harbor Management Plan in 1995.
As harbor master, Carroll deals with the boaters who hold about 150 permits for moorings in Southport Harbor, as well enforcing the local harbor management regulations. His role also includes overseeing plans for dredging, improvement of public access and facilities at the harbor, protection of shellfish resources, and review of property owners' plans for docks, piers, and seawalls.
Carroll is a World War II veteran who served in the European theater of operations and remained in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1968, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Returning to Fairfield after the war, he joined the local police force and, over the course of 30 years, rose to the rank of captain.
Carroll has also been active in the community, including helping to establish the Fairfield Police Athletic League, serving as president of the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, as well as a member of the Fairfield Fire Commission and Shellfish Commission. He is a 70-year member of the volunteer Fairfield Hook and Ladder Co. 1 and has been its chief since 1984. Active in local veterans affairs, he was master of ceremonies for the Fairfield Memorial Day parade for more than 20 years.
An avid boater, fisherman and hunter, Carroll wrote outdoors columns for local newspapers, including the Fairfield Citizen. He was a charter member of the Citizen's Advisory Council to the state Department of Environmental Protect and was a member of the New England Fishery Management Council.