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Group's lawsuit over Hudson River dock settled

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A Westchester County-based environmental group and Poughkeepsie, N.Y. have settled a lawsuit over a Hudson River tour boat company's use of a publicly-owned dock.

Ossining-based Riverkeeper says the city has agreed to add 60 more feet of dock by spring on top of 20 feet added this year to increase space for public use.

The group claimed Empire Cruise Line's presence at a city-owned waterfront park limited public access because its 60-foot-long boat took up most of the existing 68-foot dock.

The company began offering river cruises last year under a 10-year deal that pays the city $2,500 per year.

The settlement announced Tuesday calls for Empire to dock its boat in a spot where the public can be closer to a boat launch at the north end of the facility.

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