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Charlotte residents received a letter recently from Mayor Lovely Warren accusing their newly-elected City Council member, Jose Peo, of lying to them about the process to develop the Port of Rochester and suggesting he wanted to steer the project to a preferred developer.

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The city has renamed the Port of Rochester terminal after former Mayor Bill Johnson.

Mayor Lovely Warren says Johnson’s determination and ideas helped spur innovative development in Charlotte and revitalize the area.

“It will be because of his vision that we will continue to invest in this part of northwest Rochester with the support of the community."

The development of the Port of Rochester has been the subject of hot debate for more than 20 years – think Fast Ferry and the unsuccessful 2016 proposal for mixed-use housing and retail development. After a number of controversial attempts at revitalizing the area, the City of Rochester is back to the drawing board, and it’s seeking community input.

We talk about an upcoming event aimed at generating ideas to improve the port and surrounding areas, build up transportation near the waterfront, create year-round activities near the beach, and more. Our guests:

  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester
  • Molly Clifford, member of Rochester City Council
  • Sue Roethel, chair of the Charlotte Charrette Day Steering Committee
  • Mike May, member of the Charlotte Charrette Day History Committee

What's going on at the Port of Rochester?

The city is scraping a proposed plan to build a hotel, shops, and condominiums at the Port in Charlotte. Mayor Lovely Warren's office says the developer, Edgewater Resources, failed to submit detailed project financing for the project, and instead asked for a nine month extension. Mayor Warren says the city will seek other development partners.

We talk about the decision and what could be next for the Port. Our guests:

  • Marianne Warfle, president of the Port of Charlotte Merchants Association, and general manager of the Port of Rochester Marina         
  • William Brown, systems analyst for TSM Solutions and member of Charlotte Strong



Today, local teens are hitting the beach for more than just a little "fun in the sun."

They're participating in a study to investigate an ongoing problem in the community, the water.