Manny Bids Low, Bills High–Taxpayers Get Soaked

Manny's road
The $400K road leading to Manny's mansion, top left. Courtesy Morgan Kaolian.

Bridgeport-based developer Manny Moutinho has a history of bidding low and billing high. The latest from Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

Developer Manuel “Manny” Moutinho was going to spend $200,000 to build a driveway through city property to his waterfront mansion in Stratford. Then Bridgeport offered to pick up the tab, and Moutinho’s price doubled to nearly $400,000.

Last year, Nick Owen, Moutinho’s representative, told both Stratford’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission and the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals that the driveway would cost about $200,000.

Read more here.



  1. I want to be sure I really understand this–he and the other owners need access to the Airport Property to get to their property, and because the access needs to be changed the owner pays, and not the person who has been granted the right of way. Don’t these agreements usually put the burden on the right-of-way party if circumstances change?

  2. If the city had cause to reroute the access to accommodate the expansion plans, then the city is obligated to pay to provide access to the homeowners. We taxpayers have a reasonable expectation the cost to do that work would be further reasonable and customary and consistent with a bidding practice. John Ricci and Manny thought otherwise. Shame.


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