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Bridgeport Landing Development Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Bridgeport Community for 14th Year

November 22, 2021 – Bridgeport, CT – This Thanksgiving will be more joyful for many Bridgeport families from the Optimus Heath Care Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which was held on Monday at Hall Neighborhood House. HNH provides valuable services to the East Side community that includes an Early Childhood component, a senior care component, various after school and educational programs, as well as a full-service Optimus Community Health Care Center.

This marks the 14th year that Bridgeport Landing Development (BLD) has partnered up with Optimus Health Care for this tradition in providing the community with Thanksgiving meals.

Through generous donations from Steelpointe Harbor developer, Robert Christoph Jr., Optimus was able to supply over 100 meals. “Thanksgiving is personally my favorite holiday. Nothing is better than sharing a great meal with your family and we want to make sure that the members of our community can also share that feeling,” exclaimed Christoph Jr. “We are we are here to continue our support to the community, just like they have supported us. We want to make sure we all rise, and all do well together.”

Bob Christoph Jr. and Steve Tyliszczak of BLD were on site with the Optimus team to hand out and load up people’s trunks with roasters, fresh and canned goods for clients of Optimus, BCYL, & the Bridgeport Senior Center. Fresh foods were also donated to Hall Neighborhood House which will be cooking Thursday for their clients as well.

“We appreciate Bridgeport Landing Development getting involved and helping us help more people,” said Hall Neighborhood House Executive Director, Robert Dzurenda. “These meals will be distributed to the families of our childcare and also cooked onsite for our Senior Center clients.”

In addition to the distribution on the City’s East Side, the Thanksgiving food distribution included a visit to the East End Food Bank, where it was distributed to others in need. Bobby & Steve were there to take part in blessing the food with East End Food Bank owner and East End NRZ President, Keith Williams, and many other members of the East End community.

Steelpointe Harbor Project Attracts Investment

A groundbreaking in Bridgeport, CT of a hotel and the future development of residential apartments may now be just a short time away. The developers of Steelpointe Harbor, on Bridgeport’s East Side, say their recent sale of 48 million dollars’ worth of revenue bonds will provide the resources to start building the towers and hotel come April 2022. The ultimate plan for Steelpointe Harbor is to develop 1,700 residential units, 800,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of commercial/office space, and a 130-room hotel overlooking the 220-slip marina.

Bridgeport Landing Development LLC, (BLD) in partnership with the City of Bridgeport, has already begun to turn the area into an urban mixed-use development with retail, office space, and a marina. Today, Steelpointe Harbor is the home of Bass Pro Shops, Chipotle, T-Mobile, Starbucks, Bridgeport Harbor Marina, and Boca Oyster Bar. BLD has also brought Bridgeport Boatworks, Hornblower Group, and North Sails to Bridgeport Harbor. Positioning them on the industrial east side of the harbor at the former CarTech property on Seaview Ave, these Nationally known businesses are increasing the employment and tax base of the City, cementing the area as a hub for both commercial and recreational marine services. “The bond sale supports our vision for Steelpointe Harbor in Bridgeport.” says Robert Christoph Jr., President of BLD’s parent company, RCI Group. “We look forward to the next couple of years as vertical construction continues, new businesses and new jobs are created, and the hotel and housing towers begin to welcome visitors and residents to a new Live, Work & Play Connecticut waterfront neighborhood.”

On September 29th, 2021, the Steel Pointe Infrastructure Improvement District, which governs the site, sold $47.845 million Special Obligation Revenue Bonds, Series 2021. The Bonds were issued to help finance the development of the 44-acre Steelpointe Harbor waterfront parcel. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to reimburse BLD and the City for the District infrastructure improvements that have been built over the past several years, establish a reserve fund, pay capitalized interest, and other issuance expenses. Due to the unique nature of the financing, the Bonds were sold as limited offering to a select group of sophisticated investors.

City officials expect that those investments in Steelpointe Harbor will have a rippling effect throughout the Park City as well as the region.

View the Press Release here.

North Sails Joins Steelpointe Family

Maybe it hasn’t sunk in yet, but Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor has attracted the world’s finest and largest sailmaker. The company that has produced the sails for every America’s Cup winner since 1987 is dropping anchor at the Seaview Avenue site. While that is tremendous news for the city and the Steelpointe developers, Rodrigo Meireles, Global Manufacturing Manager of North Sails says North Sails is also thrilled. He comments, “It’s a great place, one of the best places on Long Island Sound to have a sales and distribution point.” About the developers he said, “The Christoph’s are making a marine destination on the sound.” North Sails is moving their manufacturing, local sales and service as well as their global headquarters for North Technology Group from Milford, Connecticut where they had been for the last 40 years.

The new manufacturing loft is 310 by 100 feet with no columns. North Sails is sharing the building with Bridgeport Boatworks, a boat and yacht service facility which has also attracted one of the world’s finest on the water, Hornblower Cruises. North Sails, which also specializes in sail repair, is happy to be adjacent to Bridgeport Harbor Marina, a facility that’ll make it convenient for some of their boating customers to bring sails to their facility or have sails delivered right to their boats. North Sails hopes to have the majority of its Bridgeport operations running by June 30 where they will ship nearly 100 sails a week to locations around the world.

North Sails is benefiting from a recent surge in demand for sails, in part because of the pandemic, and expects a continued upward trajectory. The company also expects to have all administrative offices moved in by August. Once in, North Sails hopes to be involved in the community through maritime education opportunities. Steelpointe Developer Bob Christoph says adding the world’s leading sailmaker to the Steelpointe portfolio makes the harbor into one of the East Coast region’s most sought after marine destinations. North Sails, along with Bridgeport Harbor Marina, the Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show, Bass Pro Shops, Hornblower, and Bridgeport Boatworks has made Steelpointe Harbor attractive to other marine industry services and suppliers as well as boat cruisers from up and down the coast.

RCI Vision Takes Shape

The Christoph vision for Bridgeport Harbor continues to take shape. Recently, the father and son harbor-front development team announced that global sail maker North Sails was moving manufacturing, service and sales to Bridgeport Harbor into one of Christoph’s facilities along Seaview Avenue. The parcel owned by the Steelpointe Harbor developers across the harbor will suddenly be very busy.

North Sails will be joining their new neighbor Bridgeport Boatworks and Boatwork’s new tenant/client, Hornblower, a major Ferry company out of New York City.

It so happens just south of Boatworks, the Bridgeport Port Jefferson Ferry along with Vineyard Winds, a windmill manufacturer, are also preparing to develop facilities. The Seaview Avenue buzz is palpable, especially when combined with the development at the adjacent Steelpointe Harbor which includes Bass Pro Shops, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Chipotle and Boca Oyster Bar. All of that sits alongside a harborwalk accessible to the public, and the new state-of-the-art 220-slip deepwater marina, Bridgeport Harbor Marina. Also, The Lighthouse Building, at the head of the marina is the hub of all the activity as it houses the RCI Group headquarters run by Robert Christoph and Robert Christoph Jr.

North Sails officials said recently, they are excited to announce the move. The new loft will open on July 1st, 2021, bringing several global departments under one roof and serving as the global headquarters for North Technology Group. This location puts North Sails at the heart of an exciting nautical destination.

The new loft will be one of seven North Sails-owned manufacturing lofts worldwide and will be in 35,000 square feet of purpose-built space. The North Sails team has everything they need to construct and service a wide range of sails, from small dinghies to superyachts and coastal cruisers to Grand Prix racing machines.

Ideally positioned on Long Island Sound, local sailors will enjoy the easy access and customer-friendly sail pick-up and drop-off, as well as an extensive list of services: sail storage, washing, evaluations, measurement, new sail quotes, and more. The loft will also be an East Coast distribution hub for North Actionsports, the kiteboard and windsurf division of North Technology Group.

“Our entire North Sails team is looking forward to opening our loft doors in Bridgeport,” said North Technology Group Executive Chairman Tom Whidden. “We’re excited to be a part of a growing waterfront community that has a strong marine industry heritage. Local and out-of-town cruisers and racers will benefit from having a new waterfront service loft on the East Coast. This is a great move for North Sails.”

Steelpointe Harbor developer Bob Christoph Jr. stated, “North Sails is the worldwide leader in sail-making. I am thrilled to have them come to Steelpointe Harbor. This move will help the waterfront continue to grow as a destination for marine, retail, and activity.”

Congressman Jim Himes added, “Steelpointe Harbor has been an area of exciting development in the city, and North Sails’ decision to bring their operation here will only add to that momentum.”

Since signing the lease, operations and sales teams have been working to optimize the new space for an enhanced customer experience. As longtime members of the Connecticut and Long Island sailing communities, the North Sails team is excited to welcome clients, both new and existing, to the space.

Hornblower Coming To Bridgeport Boatworks

Bridgeport Boatworks and RCI officials were beaming recently as Connecticut’s Governor and local officials all descended on the Boatworks helipad to announce the inclusion of the Hornblower Group to Bridgeport Harbor. And why not? The promise of a major international ferry company coming to Bridgeport has serious positive ramifications. If you’re wondering how could this happen 60 miles from the Big Apple you need only revert to Bridgeport’s original Harbor plan.

Decades ago, when City leaders targeted the East Side Peninsula, now named Steelpointe Harbor, as an ideal spot for redevelopment — they predicted correctly that its location on the harbor could attract water related development. The East Side and the East End of the harbor leading to Pleasure Beach had for years been significant sites for industry and neighborhood jobs for those who lived there. And it was the city’s vision and past history that helped attract RCI Marine, a prominent marina and waterfront developer.

The RCI Group, now headquartered in Bridgeport, is a fully integrated, multi-dimensional real estate organization nationally recognized for its premier marina, residential and waterfront developments. It’s projects and operations have been located throughout the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The RCI Group is widely regarded in the eastern United States and the Caribbean for providing a full, first class array of real estate services to a select group of developers specializing in the creation of unique, luxury, multi-dimensional marine related waterfront destinations.

Their Vision for Steelpointe Harbor on the East Side and the Seaview Avenue RCI sites on the East End of Bridgeport Harbor embraces the harbor’s assets utilizing the waterfront to attract visitors, consumers, boaters and the commercial boating industry. Working with the natural resource, they began by creating a state-of-the-art marina, restaurant and retail operation that has now been joined by Bridgeport Boatworks, a full service shipyard that is already making waves and ready to grow.

Fast forward to now, on April 5th, 2021, Gov. Ned Lamont, Rep. Jim Himes and Mayor Joe Ganim held a news conference with Bridgeport Boatworks announcing a new agreement with Hornblower Group that will provide new opportunities to the community. The regional press’ turnout just further proves how important this growth is for both Bridgeport and Connecticut as a whole and the support behind this project.

The Hornblower Group is the world’s leading provider of water-based experiences with headquarters in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and London. The group’s expansive portfolio reflects almost a century of sector expertise and innovation, which over time has continually redefined the marine hospitality industry, establishing a portfolio of distinctive award-winning brands across multiple categories including Hornblower Cruises & Events (Dining & Sightseeing), American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruises Lines (Overnight) and NYC Ferry, HMS Ferries and Seaward Marine Services (Transportation). Hornblower also operates the official ferry boat service to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Memorial Museum on behalf of the National Park Service as well as Hornblower Niagara Cruises on behalf of the Niagara Parks Commission.

So it is quite the coup for Bridgeport Boatworks to have drawn this international company for a vessel maintenance, upgrade, and retrofit facility at the Boatworks facility in Bridgeport Harbor. The development, planned for operation by third or fourth quarter of 2021, is slated to bring new jobs and advance Boatworks as an important hub for regional maritime services. The facility will feature a 720-ton travel lift for hoisting large vessels — among the largest lifts in New England and will complement the 75-ton and 200-ton lifts already operating at Boatworks.

Hornblower expects to create 45-60 employment positions at the facility while Boatworks anticipates 20 new employees will be recruited as the facility becomes a more robust regional hub for industrial maritime needs. Boatworks plans to invest $8 million to improve and expand the facility’s infrastructure.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said, “It is great that new, value added jobs are coming to Bridgeport, and that Connecticut is advancing as a regional maritime hub for industry.”

Hornblower Chief Operating Officer of Ferry and Transportation Services, Scott Thornton stated, “We are pleased to bring our expansive, industry-leading fleet — from the East Coast and eventually the Midwest — for service and maintenance to this new port facility, Bridgeport Boatworks. We look forward to partnering with the City of Bridgeport to establish and build upon its reputation as a global maritime hub.”

Boatworks sits on the Seaview Avenue site managed by RCI Group. Robert Christoph Jr., President of Operations of RCI Group, said, “Hornblower is an industry leader which has recognized the significance of having a first-class facility in Bridgeport and we are happy that they have joined us with a substantial operation in Connecticut.”

Harry Boardsen, Owner of Bridgeport Boatworks, stated, “We look forward to Hornblower as a tenant, as they will strongly advance the Boatworks’ prospects as a preeminent regional maritime facility.”

The commercial and retail industry on Seaview Avenue perfectly complements the Bridgeport Harbor Marina on Steelpointe along with Bass Pro Shops a retailer of boats and boating and fishing supplies among other products. In fact, the Bridgeport Harbor with a new fuel dock, an oyster fishing company, Bridgeport Port Jefferson Ferry, and other nearby retailers, entertainment and recreational facilities have created a synergy of activities and venues that is sure to make the city into a visitor hub once the pandemic wanes.

Even right at this moment you can enjoy gourmet seafood and drinks-at Boca Oyster Bar overlooking the beautiful harbor waterfront while you dine. The 2nd Annual Steelpointe Yacht & Charter Show, an event that RCI Group and their partner Showpiece Shows have developed together, draws in thousands of industry leaders and boating enthusiasts, further putting Bridgeport on the map as go to destination for marine life activities. The next show will be Fathers Day weekend, June 17-20.

Harry Boardsen of Boatworks said recently that, “As soon as I signed the lease with Bobby I called Hornblower knowing we could be their consolidated service center. Now we forsee further development and expansion with new bulkhead work and docks. We got a lot more to go in business and job growth. This location has more capacity for new equipment and services and we will be expanding.”

Bridgeport Boatworks is the New England’s newest Yacht and Commercial Shipyard. Boatworks launched in 2018. The third property in a family of Connecticut waterfront operations, Bridgeport Boatworks ownership and management staff are seasoned in yard ownership, management and development.

RCI is creating a Lifestyle brand and series of complementing facilities on both sides of the harbor. Overall, the development at Steelpointe Harbor aims to bring residents and visitors back to the waterfront through designated live, work, and play spaces.

What’s important to note is that the recent Hornblower announcement will soon be followed by more exciting news for Bridgeport Harbor and its developers. All of that expects to serve as a stimulus for future water related growth around the harbor and adjacent neighborhoods of the city.

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is the world’s leading provider of water-based experiences with headquarters in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and London. The group’s expansive portfolio reflects almost a century of sector expertise and innovation, which over time has continually redefined the marine hospitality industry, establishing a portfolio of distinctive award-winning brands across multiple categories including Hornblower Cruises & Events (Dining & Sightseeing), American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruises Lines (Overnight) and NYC Ferry, HMS Ferries and Seaward Marine Services (Transportation). Hornblower also operates the official ferry boat service to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Memorial Museum on behalf of the National Park Service as well as Hornblower Niagara Cruises on behalf of the Niagara Parks Commission. For more information visit www.hornblower.com

About Boatworks

Bridgeport Boatworks is New England’s newest Yacht and Commercial Shipyard. The third property in a family of Connecticut waterfront operations, Bridgeport Boatworks ownership and management staff are seasoned in yard ownership, management and development. Bridgeport Boatworks prides itself on its growing reputation as a world class Shipyard facility providing outstanding customer service. For more information visit www.bridgeportboatworks.com

About RCI

The RCI Group, headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a fully integrated, multi-dimensional real estate organization nationally recognized for its premier residential and waterfront developments. It’s projects and operations have been located throughout the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard of the United States. With five decades of experience, the RCI Group excels in real estate development, property acquisition, asset management, property management, leasing and ownership. Today, the RCI Group and its related companies are widely regarded in the eastern United States and the Caribbean for providing a full, first class array of real estate services to a select group of developers specializing in the creation of unique, luxury, multi-dimensional marine related waterfront destinations. www.rcimarine.com

STEELPOINTE INVESTS IN LOCAL DEVELOPER AND EAST END DEVELOPMENT

Anthony Stewart, founder of Ashlar Construction returned to his roots just in time to help his former neighbors. The neighborhood was suffering from decades of infrastructure and commercial decline and is considered a food desert.

Little did he know when he lived on Davenport Street on the Bridgeport’s East End and went to McKinley School that one day he would come back to the neighborhood as a successful developer to build a 10.4-million-dollar, 32,000 square foot commercial project.

The community needed a library, a grocery store and storefronts for retailers. Fortunately, for Anthony and the community, an opportunity existed on what was called the civic block, a full city block located in the heart of the East End on Stratford Avenue, a major artery. Stewart’s company initially won the bid to build the library and was then selected to develop the rest of the block. After months of working with members of the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) Committee and the City of Bridgeport who paid to remediate the property, Stewart first built the East End Library, which is scheduled to open in the Spring.

The retail project would need to be funded from a combination of conventional banking sources as well as private funders, including Bridgeport Landing Development (BLD), which was busy just to the west of the civic block creating Steelpointe Harbor, the city’s lynchpin development project on the East Side waterfront of Bridgeport Harbor. “It was important for Bridgeport Landing Development to be involved because they’re my neighbors up the street and I’d like to try to tie all of our work together. We’ve committed $1.4 million to go directly into the cost of construction in order to make this important neighborhood project happen.” BLD President of Operations, Bob Christoph Jr. said. “We couldn’t be prouder of our partnership with Mr. Stewart, a developer who we know is committed to getting it right in his old neighborhood.”

Stewart said he’s calling the development, Honey Locust Square because of the plantings that will grace the project which, along with the grocery store, will have an Optimus Health Care clinic, a restaurant, pharmacy, bakery and other retailers. The development block is bordered by Stratford, Central, and Newfield Avenues and Revere Street, and will also will be the new home of Ashlar Construction. The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2021. Stewart says the project will be urban friendly with storefronts right along the sidewalks of Stratford Avenue with parking in the rear.

“I am very excited about the project. I’m putting my life savings into making it happen. I’m doing it because I’m from the neighborhood, my mother worked at a local beauty parlor, I would attend the old Newfield library and my father helped build the Ralphola Taylor Center across the street from Honey Locust Square. So, this is my old stomping ground.” Stewart says he’s ready for this project because before focusing his business in Connecticut in 2016, he worked on some very significant development projects such as an upstate New York train station and public-school projects.

Community Activist Deb Sims of the East End NRZ says, “It has been a long challenge but Ashlar is making great progress. The fact that he’s from the neighborhood and hiring local people is good and he’s in contact with the NRZ weekly. We’re happy that after 15 years something is happening.” Stewart added, “I hope this acts as a catalyst that helps change the East End of Bridgeport as it brings back more pride. I want to make a difference. Moving forward I plan to develop more housing, a combination of both affordable and market rate houses to continue developing the neighborhood.”

2020 Year in Review

Make no doubt about it 2020 was a year like no other as the coronavirus closed down businesses and cancelled events. It could not, however, stymie the forward momentum at Steelpointe Harbor. Fireworks, wildly successful boat shows, waterside dining, community investments, charitable giving and corporate expansion were all part of the 2020 Steelpointe Harbor experience. Showpiece Shows the developers’ entertainment division armed with tenacity, hutzpah, and technology would not be deterred and put on a pair of very safe and successful boat shows.

With only a short delay the first-ever Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Boat Show launched on Father’s Day weekend. Thousands attended the first ever show at the site as they passed through automated temperature checks to safely enjoy boats, boating accessories, classic cars and much more at a social distance.

The second Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show to be held at Bridgeport Harbor Marina in 2020 was held in September. Azimuth Aviation and Three Wing Aviation kicked off the event flying over Bridgeport’s East Side and landing four helicopters next to the Lighthouse Building on Steelpointe Harbor. Bridgeport Landing Development (BLD) President of Operations Bob Christoph Jr. was the first ever to land a helicopter on the peninsula. The Steelpointe Harbor Boat Show quickly became the tristate destination.

Equally successful was the re-opening of the Boca Oyster Bar after the government approved public dining again. Boca provided spacious patio dining on Bridgeport Harbor, and again served patrons from its raw bar, exquisite seafood menu, and a variety of appetizing offerings.

2020 was the first full year for the Bridgeport Harbor Marina which drew interest from boaters throughout the East Coast. Visitors, however, didn’t only come by sea or land but also by air as BLD has partnered with Three Wing Aviation out of Sikorsky Memorial Airport that has built a reputation for providing the highest standards of safety and customer service to clients. If boats or airflight isn’t your thing BLD held numerous opportunities for the car lovers either at the boat shows with Black Horse Garage or at a summer parking lot event that drew a number of high style performance vehicles.

Across the Harbor, Bridgeport Boatworks boasts Travelifts, repair services, a paint shop, and outside as well as heated inside winter storage. Their newest feature is a 620-ton travelift which will accommodate future expansion and tenants at the site. More on that to come in 2021. Also, at the boat yard, all boaters will have access to a newly constructed high-speed gas and diesel fuel dock for even the mega yachts. DockMaster Robert De Nigris says, “The fuel station serves marina tenants and transients alike and is a great convenience.”

As for the retailers, well Bass Pro Shops lead the way with record sales of camping supplies during the virus shutdown for those looking to find outdoor entertainment and recreation.

2020 business success was not confined to the harbor as blocks away BLD also invested in an important community development which is bringing a commercial development project to the East End including a grocery store and pharmacy to the food desert community. Community projects also included the investment in a Building Neighborhoods Together (BNT) project that includes 50 workforce housing units in Bridgeport.

BLD has also contributed to community efforts. On May 7th, 2020 the Connecticut Food Bank held 32-ton mobile drive-through food pantry for Bridgeport area residents to help alleviate hunger in the community caused by the pandemic. A line of cars to receive free meals wrapped around the entire block of Bass Pro Shops. That giving spirit continued throughout the year through contributions to organizations such as Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders, Beardsley Zoological Gardens, East End Pop-up Market, Hall Neighborhood House, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, turkey and toy giveaways and many other contributions to groups such as the NAACP and the St Patrick’s Day Parade. BLD and Showpiece Shows even hosted a Sandlot game on the property for local kids from various diverse communities.

Considering all that BLD accomplished with its partners in 2020 it was fitting that they took in the new year with its annual Fireworks display, certainly a sign of great things to come.

Turkeys and Hams make Thanksgiving complete for 400 local families

Responding to an increased need in the community Bridgeport Landing Development (Steelpointe) tripled its contribution to the Annual Optimus Health Care Thanksgiving Turkey give away. This year’s Steelpointe collaboration with Optimus Health Care provided Thanksgiving meal donations to multiple charitable organizations and community leaders for distribution. Many of the recipients showed gratitude and joy as they left with their meals. One appreciative 85 year-old did what she called her Thanksgiving dance as she chanted “Que Vive America”.

The contribution multiplied as other community groups and partners also participated in the holiday food distribution through the East End Food Pantry, Hall Neighborhood House, Optimus Health Care and by way of other community leaders.

Through generous donations from Steelpointe Harbor developers Robert Christoph Sr. and Robert Christoph Jr., as well as Showpiece Shows, the Steelpointe boat show event creator, OPTIMUS Health Care was able to provide more than 400 families with turkeys, hams, canned goods, and stuffings.

“We really wanted to help make this a great holiday. We are thankful for Bridgeport Landing Development as they substantially increased their contribution this year to reflect the greater need within our community. The Christoph family is very generous.” stated Ludwig Spinelli, Chief Executive Officer of OPTIMUS Health Care. Bob Dzurenda of Hall Neighborhood House said, “We can’t thank them enough for helping us with the extra turkeys. We helped, with their help, feed 300 families today.”

This is Steelpointe’s 12th year of involvement in this event. Bridgeport Landing Development President of Operations, Robert Christoph Jr. said, “As a company, Bridgeport Landing is dedicated to helping the community where we live and work. This year our contribution had to reflect the increased need.” Optimus Health Care CEO Ludwig Spinelli added, “There are many individuals and families in the community who needed turkeys and we were able to fulfill this need. Thank you to Steelpointe for always staying present in the community.”

Other contributors gave monetary donations toward the fixins and turkeys including Alliance for Community Empowerment, Diversified Building Services, McBride Electric, Ludwig Spinelli, and Karen Daley. After it was over, event contributors filled by the recipients demonstrations of appreciation, said they don’t know who got more out of it the recipients or those who were able to contribute.

The second Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show wows guests!

The second Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show to be held at Bridgeport Harbor Marina in 2020 was held in September with an exhilarating amount of fanfare. The turnout was as incredible as the weather. Guests were yet again in awe of the boats, yachts, aircraft, and vehicles on display at Steelpointe.

Azimuth Aviation and Three Wing Aviation kicked off the event flying over Bridgeport’s East Side and landing four helicopters next to the Lighthouse Building on Steelpointe Harbor. Ken Smith, an accomplished pilot and General Manager of the Three Wing Aviation Group assisted with the landing of the helicopters. They joined the yachts and boats of all types that had arrived at the marina over the previous several days. The Showpiece Shows’ Steelpointe Harbor boat show quickly became the destination that everyone in the tristate area visited and enjoyed that beautiful September weekend.

The Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show was strategically organized to showcase and economically benefit the businesses in the city as much as possible. Essential event services were supported by local Bridgeport businesses and residents. “We sold out the Holiday Inn Hotel here in Bridgeport,” shared President of Operations for Bridgeport Landing Development, Robert Christoph Jr., “We’re excited to say that the positive economic impact on local business as well as the visibility this event brings to Bridgeport is really great, especially considering the effects Covid has had on struggling hotels.”

The event kicked off Thursday September 24, 2020 with a News12 interview with Robert Christoph Jr. and Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show’s promoter, Jennifer Jones. The interview revealed what to expect for the next three days at the second Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show of 2020.

Keeping the need for a safe environment in mind, the event was designed to be both fun and safe. Mandatory temperature screening prior to entering, touchless check in, as well as following proper social distancing requirements were all part of the organization of the show. Masks were available for patrons when they arrived, and hand sanitizer stations were plentiful.

Beyond the alluring display of boats, the show featured a variety of classic, luxurious, and sophisticated cars from the nearby Black Horse Garage on the east end. There were stylish and timeless examples from the likes of Porsche, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Dodge, Genesis, Ford, BMW and more showcased. Patrons were in awe and bestowed compliments as they walked through the display of lined up new and classic cars, with shining wheels, glistening paint, and sparkling chrome.

The glorious weekend weather helped create the ideal Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show experience. Talented performers played their hearts out as patrons sang along, while enjoying cold drinks and delicious food from the likes of Two Roads Breweries, Fire Engine Pizza and vendors including the marina’s own premier restaurant, Boca Oyster Bar. Matt White and Tyrone Wells highlighted the artists who performed from a stage moored out in the harbor. They wowed the audience with their entrances while performing their acts on the decks of Zeelander Yachts. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that had to be seen firsthand.

By all the comments from both the visitors and vendors, the event was a huge success and drew an enthusiastic crowd of boaters, yacht fanatics, and community members to the state-of-the-art docks at Bridgeport Harbor Marina. The Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show will return in June of 2021 and promises to exceed expectations once again.

Boat show brings luxury yachts and more to Bridgeport this weekend

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A Bridgeport boat show is set to bring luxury yachts and more to the city this weekend.

The Steelpointe Yacht and Charter Show runs from today through Sunday at the Bridgeport Harbor Marina.

Aside from boats, the show will also feature rare cars, private jets, and helicopters.

Due to pandemic precautions, the show is invitation-only, but tickets are still available.

Attendees will be required to have their temperatures taken when they arrive. Masks and hand sanitizers will also be given out, and staff will clean up throughout the event.

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