Your comments remind me of the old Clinton paddle launch fiasco. Years back, ConnYak along with the leadership of Paul Donoski pestered the Clinton Town Hall to put in a paddlesport launch behind the town hall right on the small river. Our request consisted of a truck load of stone put in on a slant on the rivers edge.
Long story short; after a year or more of meetings, they got a federal grant (which is good) and put in a colossal deck / gazebo area on the river with a floating dock that is about 2 feet above the water surface. Most people drag their boats down the marsh grass and mud to put in. It is public by the way, thanks to the federal grant.
Whats funny is that if you want to actually use the dock, you have to carry the kayak down a walk way that takes a 90 degree turn and it has railings. Maybe the same people that did Branford launch (sorry Rich, couldn't resist).
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