Greenport Village Board votes for Tall Ships return in 2015

FILE PHOTO | Village board members welcome the idea of bringing Tall Ships back to Greenport Harbor.

The Greenport Village Board voted Monday to bring back the Tall Ships Challenge to Greenport Harbor in 2015.

In a unanimous vote during its regular session Monday, members agreed to submit a formal request for proposal to Tall Ships of America, indicating its interest in returning to the village.

Last year, the ships drew more than 60,000 people when they ported in the village during The Tall Ships Challenge 2012 tour. Mayor David Nyce has said the village made about $20,000 above the $190,000 it cost to host it and said Monday it will not cost taxpayers a penny to host again.

“I think the resolution is great,” Business Improvement District president Peter Clarke said Tuesday morning. “We look forward to making it bigger and better than 2012.”

Tall Ships of America did not provide any schedule for the 2015 tour, however, more details on the event are expected to be provided to the village in the coming weeks, Mr. Nyce said.

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