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

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Thu Jan 28 19:35:26 EST 2016

You know, I swore to myself I was going to stay out of these pointless
conversations.  There is no advocacy for the birding / bird-photography
community, no willingness to challenge a miss-informed and uncaring state
agency beyond what they believe they already know, no willingness to listen
to experienced voices that have been using this land and these cites for
well over 40 years, and no willingness to stand up to public pressure that
would homogenize unique and important wildlife habitats for the
entertainment of the landed gentry.  It is too late.  No one is going to do
anything that might cause a ruckus with their cash-paying customers.
Hammonasset is lost as a unique habitat.  This great little wet-land in
Guilford no longer is usable in the way it has been for years. Silver Sands
is headed out.  Stratford beaches will be cleaned up, covered and thereby
ruined.  Sure it looks good in the tourism brochures.....too bad for the
birds and birders.

Please remove me from this list of communications.  I no longer give a crap.

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM, Mark Szantyr <birddog55 at charter.net> wrote:

> I still believe this is due to pressure from the local land-owners to keep
> people from parking effectively behind their expensive beach homes, even
> though this is open state land.
> Mark
> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 7:19 PM, Paul <paul.fusco at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> I agree. It's at least that wide. And I've never seen damage to the
>> shoulder or people forced off into any part of the marsh.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 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
> 860-429-2641

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


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