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Repairs launched to town's Sandy-battered Ye Yacht Yard

Updated 1:08 pm, Monday, February 25, 2013

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  • Ye Yacht Yard, the small, historic marina at Southport Harbor, felt the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    Ye Yacht Yard, the small, historic marina at Southport Harbor, felt the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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The venerable Ye Yacht Yard at the mouth of Southport Harbor took a few punches from Superstorm Sandy.

The late-October drubbing virtually destroyed the wooden building housing the marina's the lavatory and storage area. Town boards recently approved $65,000 in funding to rebuild the structure, but this time it will be set on a foundation. It is expected that 75 percent of the cost will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Meanwhile, time seems to stand still at the small marina, where for many years visitors could meet Howard and Barbara Burr, who spent decades tending to the moorings and hauling boats.

Howard Burr passed away in 1993, shortly after a party at the boatyard for his 93rd birthday; Barbara Burr died in 2004.

-- GENEVIEVE REILLY