[CT Birds] boat launch regulations

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Thu Jan 21 23:23:09 EST 2016

I would like to know what the fines and penalties are for violating these
laws and ordinances.  I think it is probably worth breaking the law to make
a point.

Mark Szantyr

On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:30 PM, Michaelene Komara via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> With regard to the boat launch issue:
> At Hammonasset, please know that there is a strict rule of NO parking or
> you will be ticketed, and they mean it.
> With regard to the East River in Guilford, it is a state boat launch I
> believe: http://www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/boating/boatingmap.htm
> Specific info can be found at:
> http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=464
> Specific activities indicated by DEEP for East River can be found at:
> http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/searchtown.asp?townno=60&s=2
> (although I am not sure this indicates rules or recommendations, and it
> does NOT include bird watching)
> What might be most interesting is DEEP's Waterbody Regulations and Boat
> Launches brochure, found online at:
> http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/boating/boating_guide/part6.pdf, dated
> 2015.
> According to this, specifically "Prohibited Activities at Boat Launches
> Sec. 26-16-1 of the Regulations of State Agencies," section d. "No person
> shall park a vehicle except in an area designated by the Commissioner for
> parking."
> But four subsections later, it states: i. "No person shall use any such
> facility for purposes other than: 1. fishing, where permitted; 2. parking
> where permitted for the purpose of fishing, boating, hunting, or observing
> wildlife; 3. launching of boats or; 4. the observation of wildlife from
> constructed observation decks."
> Hummmm. Parking where permitted for the purpose of observing wildlife.
> Maybe a loophole!
> A suggestion for anyone that decides to pursue this matter, you may catch
> more birds with honey than vinegar.
> Good luck.
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Mark S. Szantyr
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Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268


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