If its academy can't expand in the city, the U.S. Coast Guard may consider moving some of its programs elsewhere.
And it also may change its plans to build a national museum here.
Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the Coast Guard commandant, said Thursday that the school has reached capacity at its current site along the Thames River. The Coast Guard made an offer to purchase a portion of the abutting Riverside Park to use for expansion, but city residents voted down that sale in November.
"I don't foresee any time in my lifetime that we would even consider relocating the academy," Papp said in an interview at the academy Thursday. "But I think there are certain functions that are here, within the walls of the Coast Guard Academy, that we could justifiably and reasonably look at moving to other locations."