Restored CT Beach Needs Public Access Plan

Long Beach West, Stratford. Photo/Town of Stratford/Joe Koripsky Once home to a thriving summer community, Connecticut’s Long Beach West in Stratford has been cleared of restricted access signs and dozens of abandoned cottages that for years kept beachgoers at bay.

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Utility poles, a vehicular access road and a water pipeline have also been removed from the barrier beach. What remains is a natural, bare coastline full of opportunity.

What to do with that opportunity, however, remains to be decided.

The newly restored beach has representatives from the town, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Connecticut Audubon Society and other interested groups talking about ways to improve wildlife conservation as well as opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, nature walking, bird watching and other forms of passive recreation.

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