Greenwich, CT, Harbor Plan Could Expand Public Access
May 4, 2012
An article on GreenwichTime.com raises the possibility that Greenwich, Connecticut, might be forced to expand public access to the various harbors under the town’s jurisdiction pending creation of a new Harbor Management Plan.
Such a plan would have to be approved by the state, which could then force broader public access to the moorings, docks and launch ramps along the Greenwich waterfront. Currently, Greenwich has few facilities that can be used by non-resident boaters.
GreenwichTime writer Bob Horton notes that “an unresolved issue is whether the specific powers given the town by special legislative acts take supremacy over state and federal laws and the Public Trust Doctrine,” which he deems “highly unlikely” in light of a previous court ruling in the ‘90s that forced Greenwich to improve public access to its beaches and parks.