Open Long Island Sound to EVERYONE regardless of income or residency
  • Petitioned City of Bridgeport

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City of Bridgeport
City of New London
City of Hartford
City of Norwich
City of Groton
City of New Haven
State of Connecticut
Connecticut's Low and Moderate Income Residents and Families

Open Long Island Sound to EVERYONE regardless of income or residency

    1. Chris German
    2. Petition by

      Chris German

      Ashford, CT

Connecticut Community Boating is striving to create public access for all of Connecticut's residents by creating low cost, affordable access to Long Island Sound for Everyone. Whether it's swimming, sailing, fishing or kayaking, Connecticut's towns and municipalities make it impossible for low to moderate income families to access boating on our Greatest Natural Resource. From parking fees for parks, beaches and boat ramps to basic permissions to recreate, use and enjoy our water access points around the State to the fact we live on one of the most polluted bodies of water in the Country- Long Island Sound is not accessible to everyone.

We are trying to create five public access points around the State so that you may access sailing, boating, swimming, fishing and kayaking in the most affordable and public manner in the State. We have targeted the Greater New Haven, Middletown, Bridgeport, Groton and Norwich areas as key metropolitan areas that can support a Community Boating Fleet and Facility, similar to those located in Boston, Baltimore and Miami, but lack the attention of State and Town officials to make this a top priority and allow us to do our work.

We want to mobilize our community and provide residents from Ashford to Stratford, Litchfield to New London with an affordable way to enjoy a day on Long Island Sound. But State, Town and Local Officials have shut us out at every turn.

Sign this petition and let your local officials know that the 99% will no longer be shut out from Connecticut's Greatest Natural Resource, Long Island Sound.

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    1. We're at 116 - Can we get to 150 by the end of President's weekend?

      Chris German
      Petition Organizer

      The Team Chance crew are heading to Noank today to look at the newest proposed addition to our Southeastern Fleet. She's a grand old girl named "Valiant" and is a 1976 (great year) 34' Tartan. We hope she will be a great resource to the public as an affordable way to access Long island Sound, but until we are permitted by Connecticut's State and local officials to access the water.. With literally hundreds of boats waiting to be donated and thousands of people turned away from the water every year, doesn't it make sense that Connecticut should embrace this National movement to provide Everyone with an affordable way to access the water? Why can't we do it here in Connecticut? Take a look at the great grandfather of Community Boating, CBI in Boston and think about what a great resource like this could do for Connecticut, if we could create five public access fleets in New Haven, Bridgeport, Norwich, New London and Middletown/Hartford. Then please share this petition.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. We're at 24 in 24 hours

      Chris German
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign the CCB/Change.org Petition- Long Island Sound affects everyone and belongs to everyone but is only accessible to the few, the wealthy and those who "own waterfront"- CCB is trying to change that and provide waterfront access to boating, sailing, fishing and swimming for every Connecticut Resident, regardless of residency, income or social standing- Help us by aksing your friend to lend their name to our petition which we will take to Hartford when we attempt to build five community boating facilities in New Haven, Bridgeport, New London, Middletown and Norwich- It's not that we begrudge those who have done so well that they can enjoy the sound at will, but rather those who have for generations been denied access to our state and national heritage because their town didn't have a beach front and their Daddy didn't own a boat. Help and get your friends and neighbors to sign today

    4. Reached 25 signatures
    5. The Change.Org/ Connecticut Community Boating Petition

      Chris German
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings,

      I just signed the following petition addressed to: Connecticut's Low and Moderate Income Residents and Families.

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      Open Long Island Sound to EVERYONE regardless of income or residency

      Connecticut Community Boating is striving to create public access for all of Connecticut's residents by creating low cost, affordable access to Long Island Sound for Everyone. Whether it's swimming, sailing, fishing or kayaking, Connecticut's towns and municipalities make it impossible for low to moderate income families to access boating on our Greatest Natural Resource. From parking fees for parks, beaches and boat ramps to basic permissions to recreate, use and enjoy our water access points around the State to the fact we live on one of the most polluted bodies of water in the Country- Long Island Sound is not accessible to everyone.

      We are trying to create five public access points around the State so that you may access sailing, boating, swimming, fishing and kayaking i

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    Reasons for signing

    • lorraine godfrey NEWTOWN, CT
      • 10 months ago

      the CCB is a valuable asset to our community by offering classes and training to everyone. It helps for children to learn teamwork, the importance of respect & care of our environment and to get inner city kids off the street during the summer. It's also a wonderful asset to those of us who are disabled to give us opportunity to learn that we can overcome our limitations. Many Thanks to Chris German and his dedication to the CCB and all who benefit from this program.

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    • David McConnell BURLINGTON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I agree with this completely and have for decades

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    • John Champion NEW HAVEN, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      In memory of Ned Cole's (sp?) fight from decades ago.

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    • David Petersen BRANFORD, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      The above average value (money) of private residences with private beaches is in many ways affected by the doctrine of Connecticut's Public Trust area of the Long Island Sound ecosystem. This value (the utility derived from) should be transferred to all the people of Connecticut. Another way to look at this is the more we learn about the environment and its economic cost the more inevitable this transfer of value will take place. Chris German's petition is a great start to the process. .

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    • donna taylor SHELTON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a worthwhile program. We have been inovled for 4 years now and want to see it continue. We have been building something that is very valuable for children.

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