Secretary Nellie Gorbea stopped by Bowen’s Wharf today to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of their incorporation. The Secretary, who was joined my Mayor Bova, Senator Euer, and Newport County Chamber Of Commerce Executive Director Erin Boyle, presented Bowen’s Wharf with citation and made a few remarks on the Wharf’s economic and historical impact on the community.

“The Bowen’s Wharf Company has been a vital part of Newport’s economy and culture for the past five decades. Congratulations to them on 50 years of incorporation and innovation. As Secretary of State, I will continue working with businesses like The Bowen’s Wharf Company to help them thrive,” said Secretary Gorbea.

“Part of the reason Bowen’s Wharf is where it is today is because the staff and their effort and energy that makes this place what it is during this time. This is a hard piece of property to keep looking good, and clean so I want to thank all of them for all the work they do to make this the place that it is”, Bart Dunbar, President of Bowen’s Wharf said.

“I must admit one of the things that I am most pleased about is how we have reestablished the waterfront and Bowen’s Wharf as center of the commerce. Bowen’s Wharf was about where it started in the late 17th century early 18th century. Two of the 18th century buildings right behind us are regimen library of commerce. It was all about saving those buildings and saving this sense of place that was being destroyed and was potentially going to be destroyed by the America’s Cup Boulevard which was going to run right along the waterfront like in New Bedford. Thank goodness that didn’t happen! When people visit us, whether they visit us from Massachusetts or from Connecticut or from California, when they come to Newport, they want to see a place like this! We work very hard to preserve the marine businesses. Granted there is no longer a coal and wood company, and we are not sailing ships all around the world to new commerce, but we have these tour vessels and we have other marine industries that are birthed and docked here. It isn’t just a high ticketed item marina waterfront use.,” Dunbar said.

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