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Petitioning Mayor of East Haven Joseph Maturo, and 2 others

Mayor Maturo, East Haven Town Council,: Repair the Shell Beach Seawall and Stairs.

At risk is the safety of all who have right-of-way access to this public beach, especially children who play there.  Jagged concrete remains upturned and exposed with gaping holes.  The stairs often do not meet the beach, depending on the last tide wave action.  People often have to jump or find alternate access to the beach, of which there is none that offers safe access.

 

Most storms result in flooding of Morgan Ave. that seeps from the broken and inadequate seawall structure.  Evidence of this is the street in front of the steps that are full of holes and cracks.

We hope it does not take an injury and lawsuit to get resolution to this dangerous structure. 

As well, this is a blight issue, but first and foremost a safety issue that needs to be addressed in order to protect public safety.

 

Letter to
Mayor of East Haven Joseph Maturo,
East Haven District 4 Town Council, MICHAEL RIOLINO , JOSEPH S BADAMO, ROBERT CUBELLOTTI
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) OLISP Officer, Kevin Zawoy
Please make the public access entry to Shell Beach safe by repairing the Shell Beach Seawall and Stairs.

At risk is the safety of all who have right-of-way access to this public beach, especially children who play there. Jagged concrete remains upturned and exposed with gaping holes. The stairs often do not meet the beach, depending on the last tide wave action. People often have to jump or find alternate access to the beach, of which there is none that offers safe access.

Most storms result in flooding of Morgan Ave. that seeps from the broken and inadequate seawall structure. Evidence of this is the street in front of the steps that are full of holes and cracks.

We hope it does not take an injury and/ or a lawsuit to get resolution to this dangerous structure.

Gary Lyons Construction, who specializes in retaining walls, advised that any concrete repair would need enough depth to prevent erosion and any gap between the stairs, seawall and the beach. The varying tides would be taken into account in determining the depth required to keep the structure solid during storms and as time goes by.

As well, this is a blight issue, but first and foremost a safety issue that needs to be addressed in order to protect public safety.

5/8/2013 addendum: District 4 Town Councilman, Michael Riolino, informed me that Mayor Maturo and Town Engineer, Kevin White began the process of cleaning and repairing the Shell Beach Seawall six months ago.

They are awaiting permits from the DEEP who have discovered an endangered species in the area.

Because this has been in process for six months, we as concerned citizens need to stress the urgency of the situation. This is not a beautification project, although the area is presently a blight but more a matter of public safety. People have already fallen and sustained injuries and with the warmer seasons arriving more people, young and old, will be put at risk. This petition is a plea to avoid further injuries by making the seawall repairs completed ASAP. Please do not make beachgoers at one of East Haven's beautiful beaches an endangered species!