[CT Birds] Response from Deputy Commissioner Whalen on Boat Launch Issue

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Thu Jan 28 19:18:42 EST 2016

Setting up a portable photo blind along the road is not parking, is it?
Good.  I did not think so.  Its at least as large as my car, but its not


On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 7:16 PM, Keith Mueller <kmueller at ntplx.net> wrote:

> The access road is not that narrow! Plenty of room ; it's as wide as a two
> lane street!
> Keith
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 28, 2016, at 6:52 PM, Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have just received an email from Deputy Commisioner Whalen.  It may be
> that the sign is being misinterpreted.  See below (I didn't attach the
> picture she sent me.  It was an aerial view of the area.  If anyone wants
> that, let me know and I'll forward it):
> "My staff from boating and wildlife are planning an onsite meeting at the
> boat launch to review concerns.   Please see the attached picture of the
> launch to get a feel for the area.
> A few important points to consider:
> This is a gravel lot (mostly used as car top launch) which can accommodate
> roughly 20 cars.  My staff report there is a sign in the parking lot
> designating one space for boat trailers; it is this sign that is apparently
> being misinterpreted by some as limiting parking for anyone in the lot
> unless they have a boat trailer.  Since the surface of the lot is gravel,
> striping the area is not an option.  So I’m curious why there is concern
> about parking on the road when the lot is available – maybe we need to look
> at where the sign is for the trailer spot….. but I’m guessing that spot was
> chosen in view of the logistics of pulling, backing and turning a vehicle
> and trailer.  Anyway, the staff will look at it.
> The signs along the access road are placed in regard to the fact that the
> road is narrow, and bounded by marsh, as you can see.  We do not want
> people parking on the road itself under any circumstances, as it forces
> other cars to go around the parked car on a narrow road, potentially
> landing them in the marsh on the side of the road, or hitting a person
> exiting or entering a  parked car.  That also causes damage to the road
> shoulder, which is another safety concern, not to mention an expensive fix
> when we have thousands of miles of road to maintain in the park system.
> We'll continue to work with the birding community and will do our very
> best to accommodate interests in this particular case, and hopefully
> clarify our intention with respect to the way the launch is managed."
> Kathy Van Der Aue
> Southport, Connecticut
> Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com

Mark S. Szantyr
56 Maple Road
Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268


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