South Benson Marina Prepares for Spring

Renew your slip by Feb. 15 + find out how long the wait list is and other information

Photograph: Alexa Cortese

The ever changing ebb and flow of coastal life in the town of Fairfield has been nothing short of eventful.

I recently caught up with Joe Micelangelo, Director of Public Works, as he and his team forge ahead completing post Storm Sandy projects and preparing for the busy spring boating season.

The Marina’s channel was dredged and the project completed in March 2013, after Storm Sandy filled much of it in. The marina is ready for yet another great season.

If you rent a spot in the marina or are planning to rent one, read the information below!

Boat Slips

The South Benson Marina boasts over 600 total boat slips, which are classified into dockage size categories based on overall length.

  • Small: 14’1” – 22” long and not wider than 8’6”
  • Medium: 22’1” – 24’ long and not wider than 8’6”
  • Large: 24’ – 36’ long and not wider than 13’

Current slip holders will have from January – February 15th (the strictly enforced deadline) to renew their slips. Those who do not renew by then — will have their slips forfeited to residents who at the top of the, first come first served, waitlist. An average of 30-40 slips become available each year with the turnover.

Average Wait

Expect to be on a waiting list for 5-6 years for a small sized slip, 7-8 years for a medium slip, and 10 years for a large slip. Only one slip per household/address is permitted and all boats are required to be operable and Coast Guard Certified.

New Captains

Previous Manager Robin Bimmel retired in August 2013, so there is a need for a new Fairfield Marina Manager as well as a new Southport Harbor Master. Both positions are expected to be filled “well before the Marina opens in April.”

New This Year

A new sewage pump out station has been built thanks to a DEEP (Deptartment of Energy and Environmental Protection) grant. Boaters are encouraged to pump out — free of charge anytime (please!).

Future Capital Improvements on Deck

Work on the fishing pier will continue as old pilings are replaced with new ones. A continuous sidewalk will be built from the tip of the Pier through the Marina. The Penfield Building Committee meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month to determine the future of the Penfield Pavilion. The Penfield Lighthouse is still for sale (restrictions apply). Interested parties are encouraged to make an offer.

The Fairfield Harbor Management Commission recently announced that the Northeast Diving Services will continue its work on the mooring systems in Southport Harbor over the next couple of weeks. Boaters are asked to keep out of Southport Harbor while this work is in progress.

Also offered at South Benson Marina are: a boat launch ramp, food concession, bathroom facilities, picnic tables, playground equipment, walking trails, beautiful scenery and more.

Suggestion: Check out the new high tech 33-foot police search and rescue vessel. Powered by three outboard engines, this impressive boat boasts 900 horsepower and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots! This $450,000 vessel was awarded to the town of Fairfield thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security/Port Security Grant Program.

South Benson Marina

236 Turney Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

Marina info: (203) 256-3010

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