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Coast Guard plans to resume barge anchoring near Rhinecliff

on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 23:49

The Coast Guard is planning to add ten locations where commercial vessels can drop anchor on the Hudson River, and three of them are right here in the Rhinecliff area. As reported in, the additional anchorages are meant to make river traffic safer and more efficient, but they may also be a source of controversy for the cities, towns, and hamlets along the Hudson.  

The Coast Guard will accept written comments on the proposal until September 7, but the deadline for requesting a public meeting is June 30.  The instructions for contacting the Coast Guard are here, and a more detailed description is in the Federal Register, here.  It's very easy to submit comments online here.

The vessels that anchor in this area are often returning to Albany to pick up crude oil.  A leak would have devastating effects on the environment and local economy.  Even as it is, the barges at anchorage are a serious annoyance.  For safety, the barges are required to maintain bright lights all night long, so they cause visual pollution, and they run generators 24-7, causing noise pollution as well.  They are a constant disturbance to those who live along the river.

The three locations near Rhinecliff are Kingston Flats South, Port Ewen, and Big Rock Point.  That means anyone living along the River from East Kingston down to below Port Ewen, along both shores of the Hudson, are subject to the disturbance and pollution.  The Kingston Flats South anchorage, which would allow for up to three vessels, is also where developers are planning to build a large housing project along the western shore.   

August 8: Rhinecliff Day

on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:12

The Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad has big plans set for Saturday, August 8 to commemorate 100 years of service to the Hamlet of Rhinecliff and its Fire Protective District. The fire company looks forward to sharing a full day of free family fun & outdoor festivities for the hamlet and surrounding communities.  (See the flyer here.)

Festivities will begin at 11am at the center of the Hamlet at the Memorial where a Hamlet photo will be taken to mark the event and the importance of all the community members within it. Kids of all ages are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and scooters and join a parade led by Rhinecliff Fire Equipment. The procession will go from the monument to Firemens’ Field located on Valley Way Road where the remainder of the day’s activities will take place. A large tent complete with a dance floor with be set-up for people to relax out of the sun (or rain).

A variety of children’s games and events suited to different age groups will take place between 11:30 – 2pm. Games activities include both individual and team games, a bounce house and face painting. A Kids Fire Olympics will take place with inventive firematic games such as a water bucket brigade, obstacle course, and tug-o-war, to mention a few.

As the sun heats things up from 2pm – 4pm, demos and music will take place. There will be $1 burgers and franks served throughout the day with affordable beverages available until 6pm. A pie baking contest will supplement a plethora of homemade pies made by the Rhinecliff Ladies Auxiliary. Pie contestants should register their entries at the tent by 6:15pm. Judging will commence at 6:30pm after which everyone will be invited to partake.

Beginning at 4pm, a skateboard competition will take place for teenagers presented by The Boardroom of Red Hook. For information, visit

The day will conclude with a contra-square dance led by caller, Eric Hollman, known for zesty, “spaghetti contras”, as

Town Board to vote on Master Plan for Rhinecliff Dock

on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:25

On Monday, April 13, the Rhinebeck Town Board will vote on a resolution approving the Waterfront Revitalization Master Plan for the Rhinecliff Landing.  The meeting starts at 6:45.

The master plan was prepared for the Rhinecliff Waterfront Advisory Committee by the LRC Group in Poughkeepsie. It was made possible by a grant of $10,000 from the Town of Rhinebeck and a $20,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  LRC began work on the plan in January 2014 and completed it in October 2014.  

The master plan has already been reviewed and approved by the Rhinebeck Planning Board and Conservation Advisory Board (CAB).  The Town Board has also been reviewing the plan for the past few months, and on Monday it will vote to give its approval. 

The resolution indicates that the CAB did express concerns about some of the potential future uses described in the plan, but these concerns aren’t specifically identified.  

The resolution states that in giving approval, it is the understanding of the Town Board that future grant applications and projects implementing any part of the plan will be subject to a full environmental and consistency review, as well as Town Board approval, before any action is taken.  This passage in the resolution is apparently a response to concerns expressed by Town Board member Joseph Gelb at a meeting in February.  Mr. Gelb wanted to make sure that even if it approved the master plan, the Board would still need to approve each component as the project moves forward.  (There's more on that meeting in this article in the Daily Freeman, and there's more about the plan here.)

The main goal of the Waterfront Revitalization Master Plan is to increase use of the Rhinecliff dock.

Nw York Times looks at icebreaking on the Hudson

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 21:09

NBC aboard Coast Guard Cutter breaking ice off Rhinecliff

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 20:48