Pleasure Beach drawing thousands

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the second time I’ve been lucky enough to take the water taxi over to Pleasure Beach. The first was just when they started running it at the end of June. The second was just a few minutes ago.

The reason News 8 is out here today is that the city of Bridgeport is celebrating. In the past seven weeks or so, they’ve had more than 13,000 people take advantage of this new treasure.

It’s been tough to get to for the past few decades because the bridge to it burned. Some people took boats, other walked from Stratford, but now all you have to do is take a free water taxi and then walk along brand new boardwalks down to the beach.

We met a woman who remembers coming out here as a little kid and now brought her grandchildren out to pleasure beach, and that’s just the kind of thing Bridgeport’s Mayor was out here celebrating.

Mayor Bill Finch said, “We’ve worked so hard and we wanted to make sure that everybody knew that 13,500 and counting have come out here enjoying the birthright in Bridgeport that we have been denied for so long.”

The water taxis will keep running for a few more weekends, in fact the Mayor says they’re not really sure how long past Labor Day the boats will run. They’re kind of playing it by ear because they’ve never done this before. The mayor did tell me they plan to make improvements in the coming years.

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