A year after Paul Naron and members of his tongue-in-cheek Belfast Yacht Club hacked through a chain link fence to allow pedestrians cross his waterfront property, Naron has invited the city to reroute its own walking path and send more people through.

"It's often been pretty difficult to work with coastal property owners to gain access," City Planner Wayne Marshall told the City Council on May 15. "In this case, the property owner has actually approached the city and said, I'm prepared to allow the public to walk through … and what I'd like to do is find something to foster that."

Naron recently removed the rest of the fence, demolished a former Consumers Fuel coal shed that had long occupied the property and laid down a stone dust path across his land. The path suggests a direct route from Steamboat Landing Park to Heritage Park, but it falls short of connecting to the actual Harborwalk, which was built with a detour along Front Street to bypass the privately owned lot, later bought by Naron.

After looking at the property with the city's Public Works and Parks departments Marshall suggested adding a fork to the existing path through Heritage Park. The City Council approved building the connector path in Heritage Park.