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STATE SENATOR

Gayle Slossberg

Always On Your Side

Putting a Stop to the Silver Sands Buildout

This week, the General Assembly's Environment Committee gave bipartisan approval to a bill I introduced to halt the controversial buildout of Silver Sands Beach State Park. Senate Bill 605 ensures the state could not pursue this controversial construction project at Silver Sands without approval from the town of Milford. This bill would establish a moratorium on construction of the project until such time as the Milford Board of Alderman votes to approve it.

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Hundreds of people have spoken their opposition to this major construction project being proposed for their community, but their concerns have been ignored. The passage of this bill will put Milford residents on equal footing with the state officials pushing the buildout of Silver Sands, which will help us reach a fair conclusion that can be supported by the people who would be living with the effects of this project.

The Silver Sands proposal, which is currently estimated to cost $10 million, has been in the works for some time now. Public hearings held in Milford attracted hundreds of town residents. We have repeatedly asked the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to provide information explaining why this buildout is necessary, and whether it would damage the neighborhood and endanger local wildlife. To date, DEEP has not responded to our requests for information. I have submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to DEEP in order to obtain more information on this project. It is my hope that this FOIA request will give us the information we want on this project. I will be sure to keep you updated.