this just in from Mayor Steve:
In a unanimous vote the Beacon City Council approved a contract at the August 4th meeting that would land the nationally acclaimed Clearwater to call Beacon their headquarters and home port for the sloop Clearwater. The Headquarters will be located at a building in the University Settlement Camp known as the "White House" while the sloop Clearwater will doc in Beacon's safe harbor. The terms of the agreement call for the Clearwater to put work into restoring the building and the adjourning grounds in-lieu of rent. At some time in the future when the rent owed and the work performed are equal, the Clearwater will pay cash for rent. It is estimated that the City would have had to spend between 100,000-200,000 or more to restore the building.
Mayor Steve Gold said "the Council worked hard on this agreement and in the end they viewed this as a cooperative arrangement that is a win-win for both Beacon and the Clearwater". Gold said "we are delighted that the Clearwater selected our community. The future payoff for Beacon will be the tourism that the sloop Clearwater will bring to Main Street and the branding we will acquire as a leading center for environmental education. In today's environmentally conscious world, people will be proud to live in Beacon because we are identified as the home of the Clearwater. Along with the Beacon Institute, a world class educational center for the studies of rivers and estuaries, the Beacon Sloop Club and the influence of Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Beacon has sprinted ahead as City of an environmental activism and education."
The Clearwater Board is expected to approve the terms of the agreement. Contact Jeff Rumpf, Executive Director of the Clearwater for more details.