NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — The Island Belle sits quietly docked in Bridgeport, away from its usual home Veteran’s Memorial Park in Norwalk.
It’s all because early Sunday morning, Norwalk’s Mayor and Police Chief decided they’ve had enough.
Police Sgt. Terry Blake says, “It was reported that several hundred people were involved in skirmishes in the parking lot as the boat disembarked. Just for officer safety reasons, the entire shift responded to control and disperse the group there. It is certainly a strain on public safety.”
This scenario is a little frightening for people who live in Norwalk. Tommy Bynum says, “It must have been pretty rough if the whole police department responded to it, because suppose we had another incident and we need the help.”
No arrests were made. Once people head the sirens, they took off fast. Police say early Sunday morning is just one incident. “There was an incident with a firearm a couple of weeks ago on the boat,” police said.
Then, in late June, police say another brawl broke out when the ship was docked involving a few hundred people. Ken Hart, the owner of the Island Belle, said over the phone, “The ferry has been docked in Norwalk since 2010 and he says it’s attracted a lot of people to Norwalk.”
“Over 100 events, 100 hundred events on those docks and we’ve had two issues in the last month and they’ve been handled perfectly by my security team. There was no police involvement necessary,” Hart said.
But police say the caller was serious.
“The security from the boat called us, called 911, reported they need help with big fights,” police said.