Sandy Point, CT, Beach Closures Extended Closed areas of Sandy Point [between Stonington and Watch Hill] expected to have been reopened by now remain closed to the public as terns, plovers and oystercatchers are still nesting and rearing chicks, according to a federal Fish & Wildlife Service official.

Charlie Vandemoer, the refuge manager of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said Tuesday that about 30 percent of the island, which is a popular summer boating destination, remains closed to the public.

While the plan was to decrease the number of closed areas once the shorebirds finished nesting, he said some birds were unsuccessful and have had to rebuild their nests.

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