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

Mary Mushinsky marymushinsky at att.net
Thu Jan 28 23:51:10 EST 2016

For the record, Mark, I did advocate for you and birders today and wrote 
the Dep. Cmr., who responded the same day. And she has instructed staff 
to meet at the site and re-examine the issue. Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford

On 1/28/2016 7:35 PM, Mark Szantyr wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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
>     <mailto: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
>         <mailto: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 <mailto: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 <tel:860-429-2641>
> -- 
> Mark S. Szantyr
> 56 Maple Road
> Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268
> 860-429-2641

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