Don't call them boat people.
Even though they own boats and have an organization called Save Our Boatyard, the people of Stamford, Conn., prefer to be called "boaters." The group is opposing plans by Ray Dalio's $120 billion hedge fund Bridgewater to build a new headquarters on the Long Island Sound.
This week saw another meeting of the planning board of Stamford to consider granting a license on a piece of land called 205 Magee, which the developers want to use to construct a new boatyard. That piece of property is near a 14-acre peninsula where Bridgewater would like to build its new headquarters.
It's a strange fight. The boat people—sorry, boaters—don't want the developers (a company named Building Land and Technology but always referred to as BLT) to get the license needed for the boatyard. And the developers don't really want to construct the boatyard. The old boatyard was losing money, according to the developers. They'd probably be perfectly happy to not have a boatyard at all.
So if neither the boaters nor BLT want a boatyard at 205 Magee, why all the acrimony?