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Dunkirk: Moving ahead on city pier

A controversial project is moving forward in the city of Dunkirk. On March 19, members of the Common Council in a unanimous vote said “yes” to the contracting company that will begin construction on the city pier.

This has not been the most popular of projects brought to the public. Hearings have been held and changes have been made. Some of those changes include: nautical-themed lighting, banners and flags throughout, 20 new benches — 12 more than what is currently there, curbed areas that double as additional seating, picnic tables, a shaded area, a new entrance arch, trees and a backlit sign facing the water to welcome boaters to Dunkirk.

“No parking will be taken away from the Boardwalk, the two rows will still remain the same,” said Dunkirk development director Rebecca Yanus.

Change is never easy — and the pier is a popular site even in the winter. We hope residents can embrace a new vision and the final result.

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