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New Westport Golf House Breaks Ground Next Month

WESTPORT, Conn. – The days of the food trailer parked near the green of the ninth hole at Westport’s Longshore golf course are numbered. Construction on a new halfway house , which will replace the trailer, is scheduled to break ground March 7, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced Tuesday.

Supported by the nonprofit group Friends of Westport Parks and Recreation , the 9th & ½ Hole Committee raised more than $200,000 over the past year.

“We thank the many members of the community who stepped forward with cash contributions, pledges and offers of in-kind materials and services,” said Mark Holod, chairman of the volunteer committee charged with raising funds for a new halfway house.

“We received a tremendous amount of support from the three golf associations active at Longshore. But we couldn't have gotten this done without the generosity of the private donors who supported this project in honor of Cliff Ross, our friend, fellow golfer and community leader.”

The 750-square-foot, farmhouse-style building will feature a small kitchen complete with grill, where hungry golfers can buy burgers, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. An enclosed porch will provide space for dining and shelter from inclement weather. Fully accessible restrooms will also be built.

This structure will replace the trailer, which was put in place in 2003 after the original halfway house was destroyed by fire. Meant as only a temporary fix, the trailer is falling apart.

“A new halfway house is long overdue and will not only enhance the golf experience at Longshore, but will also serve a great example of the public good that can come from private enterprise,” McCarthy said.

Construction is expected to last two to three months and the new halfway house is expected to open for business in June. Upon completion, the facility will be given to the town as a gift. The town will then manage its operations.

Joey Romeo, owner of Joey’s by the Shore and current trailer concessionaire, will continue serving up the grub at the new halfway house.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. The new facility will be dedicated to resident Cliff Ross, who died two years ago. Ross was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Golf Advisory Committee.

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