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Old 01-09-2004, 10:20 AM
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Attention CT anglers

With all of the issues regarding public shoreline access in CT, I thought that I would pass the following information along:

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Date: 28 Nov 2003 13:11:47
From: Outdoors Magazine
Subject: CT DEP running survey of CT Shoreline anglers

The Connecticut DEP plans to distribute a coastal recreation access survey to interested persons. The purpose of this survey is to better understand the public's coastal recreation needs and to better assess demand for the recreational uses along Connecticut's coast including: bird/wildlife observation, fishing, shellfishing, crabbing, hunting, hiking, and boating (including canoeing/kayaking).

The CT-DEP has developed three surveys to target specific interest groups. These surveys are differentiated as follows: 1) Saltwater Angling and Waterfowl Hunting, 2) Coastal Boating, 3)
Wildlife Observation. The data obtained from these surveys will be used to help identify and prioritize land acquisitions that meet the identified needs, and to promote recreational facility improvements along the coast.

Please contact the CT-DEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs if you would be interested in completing one of the above surveys. You can call 860-424-3034 to request a survey or email Susan Fox at susan.fox@po.state.ct.us to request a survey. In addition to receiving the survey, we will also mail you a copy of the CT-Coastal Access Guide. We appreciate your help!

Susan Fox
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CT DEP-Office of Long Island Sound Programs
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone: (860) 424-3034
Fax: (860) 424-4054
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:48 AM
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This seems to be spot-on as an issue for CT anglers. I've heard this to be the #1 issue with the areas angling from resident fishermen.
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Old 01-09-2004, 03:01 PM
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Thanks for the heads up. I called and spoke to some one right away. They will be sending them out soon.

IMHO, access to the shore line is a huge issue. I live in Stamford. Shore access is almost non-existent. Oh sure, there are a few spots in town with signs that say "Public Access". They're right next to the signs that say "No Parking".

The shore line in this area has been sold to the highest bidder. Major corporations and the people who own them now own 90%-95% of the shore line. If you're lucky, you may be able to wade in at a public area and stay below the high water mark. But be careful!!! Last year I was "escorted " off of the water by the local constabulary. It seems that people don't like to have there evening cocktails with a side order of fisherman. I know I could argue with Stamfords Finest, but that may only lead to "other problems". I've got enough as it is.

Any way. Something needs to be done.

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Was home for the holidays in CT and someone called with this survey. Thought it was a marketing call at first. Anyway the wheels are in motion and hopefully we'll benefit from the results.
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Old 01-12-2004, 04:18 PM
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Susan Fox came down to the Ct Surfcasters meeting last week to speak and distribute copies of the survey. Future shoreline development requires DEP approval through an impact study and before DEP signs off they can request that suitable public access be set aside. In a nutshell she said that they hope to identify larger tracts before development with the survey more than trying to retrofit well developed areas. There is also some matching Federal money that can be obtained for purchasing property if there is sufficient public interest. I think she said the surveys would be mailed out around the end of Jan and need to be submitted by end March.
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