Everyone wants to bring the pleasure back to Pleasure Beach, and it seemed like pols were tripping over each other Thursday, during an election cycle, to take credit for $150,000 to study future use for the long-neglected peninsula in the East End.
State Rep. Don Clemons, who represents the district, facing a possible primary from Bill Stewart, took the lead in announcing the moolah to form a committee to examine playground possibilities.
Outgoing Speaker of the House Jim Amann, who wants to be governor, visited the city of his birth to crow about the dough. State Rep. Rapid Robert Keeley was also there as well as State Rep. Chris Caruso. Can’t say I blame them for the opportunity, although a $150k appropriation for a place once called Million Dollar Playground seems as flimsy as the charred bridge that once took travelers to the land of piping plovers. Hey, honey, fire the grill. Let’s sear one of those suckers along with the monk parakeets UI wants to blowtorch! Pull out one of the bottles of Lafite that Joe didn’t get.
Connecticut Post reporter John Burgeson had a funny take on the event when someone said Pleasure Beach should be open to bikinis and birds (in a city governed by a finch and a few suits, I’d say that was right on target)–provided Keeley doesn’t don a bikini. There’s a scary thought. I’m thinking we move the mud-wrestling match between Keeley and his Aug. 12 primary opponent Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock, to Pleasure Beach as a fundraiser to gear up the dough for a new bridge. And in this corner, from the Amazon Region of South America, weighing 287 pounds, Rapid Robert Keeley. And in this corner …
Think of the possibilities. We could invite members of the state bonding committee to root on (or not) fellow member Keeley. Amann and Finch can serve as special guest referees. The crowd would probably be higher than recent turnout for city elections. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa could hold an absentee ballot convention. City Councilman Bob Walsh could tabulate Mario’s ab count (that would be fun) and Caruso could challenge the results in court. Hey, I’m excited. Let’s get it on.
Speaking of getting it on, city election officials are already counting petition sheets from challenge candidates trying to make it on the ballot Aug. 12. It’s gonna be a fun season. After all, Bridgeport is the primary city!
By the way, OIB is picking up new visitors every day. Thank you, all. We’re just weeks away from hitting the 100,000 pageview mark since the launch of our new look in March. We might be forced to throw another party. Maybe on Pleasure Beach?
Mayor Finch’s comments about Pleasure Beach:
I’ve said it in every corner of the city: Pleasure Beach must be open to every Bridgeport resident for swimming, fishing and hiking. There must also be access to the beach from the East End,” said Mayor Finch.
“In this time of discussion and debate about our great natural resource here in Bridgeport, I’m pleased that the General Assembly has decided to put forth funding to help ensure that we make the best possible decisions for its future,” he added. “I am sure that this feasibility study will include information about access, transport, recreation and environmental protection, all of which will help our community move forward as a more informed group.”
LaBarca’s Boat Comes In
For fans of John LaBarca, who was let go by radio station WICC last December, the big man has landed a job down county. No word on whether LaBarca’s Festival Italiano will be part of the package. He had been doing the show Sunday morning at 10 on WDJZ, 1530 AM. Tony Reno replaced LaBarca’s old morning time slot on WICC as well as the Italian House Party Sunday morning. See details below from WNLK:
News/Talk 1400 WSTC-AM 1350 WNLK-AM is excited to welcome CT Broadcasting Legend JOHN LABARCA back to morning radio in Fairfield County! LaBarca, a market veteran with a large, loyal audience, joins the News/Talk 1400 WSTC 1350 WNLK team effective Monday, June 2nd.
News/Talk 1400 WSTC 1350 WNLK VP/General Manager Robin Faller says, “I’m thrilled to welcome a seasoned broadcaster to our team. John brings credibility and notoriety to the position. Along with Ian Gordon, John provides us with a phenomenal and competitive edge.”
Because John LaBarca has been in the market for so long, he has a great rapport with many lawmakers and area charities. News/Talk 1400 WSTC 1350 WNLK Operations Manager Bob Bayne says, “Having John aboard is a great asset. He’ll help bring News/Talk 1400 WSTC 1350 WNLK to new heights.”
Starting Monday, June 2, John LaBarca will be the host of the Morning News Program on News/Talk 1400 WSTC 1350 WNLK. He will be hosting the Morning News on the stations weekdays from 5:30am to 9:00am, and will host news updates from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
John LaBarca says, “I’m so excited to be working with the great organization, Cox Radio. I know their dedication to quality broadcasting in the true tradition of radio. And that’s what I’m all about. I can’t wait to be with my dedicated audience again, to have fun, and to be there when they need me, every morning on News/Talk 1400 WSTC 1350 WNLK.”