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Beach battle in Connecticut

July 17, 2009 2:43:08 PM PDT
A beach battle is brewing in Connecticut. Some people say they're being intimidated when they want to have some fun in the sun.

They say a new housing development is making it hard for them, but the homeowners association has a different story.

It's called St. David's bluff beach and it's open to the public, though you might not know it with the gate and sign declaring it a private beach.

Some question the sincerity of that statement, complaining the homeowners association has exceeded its authority by putting up signs and adopting rules like no alcohol, no food, and no boats.

The beach is on Shippan point in Stamford. In the 80's the city allowed a developer to build a dozen homes on the site with the condition the beach be open to the public. The homeowners association says it has the right to impose restrictions.

On weekends there's a beach monitor who sits there and has been hired to enforce the rules. But there have been complaints of intimidation tactics like searching through people's coolers.

A local lawyer has filed complaints with the city, and tells Eyewitness News by phone he believes the rules are meant to discourage the public from coming to beach.

In the end the planning commission and legal department may decide what goes, when people come and go to St. David's bluff beach.


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