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Three state parks in region could get funding to repair damage from Sandy

By Johanna Somers

Publication: theday.com

Published June 20. 2013 2:00PM   Updated June 21. 2013 12:02AM

Hartford – The state's Bond Commission will vote on whether to allocate $500,000 for eight storm-damaged shoreline facilities on Friday. Three of the eight facilities are in southeastern Connecticut.

"The high winds, pelting rain and storm surge that accompanied Storm Sandy last October wreaked havoc for property owners throughout Connecticut," said state Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford. … "The timing of this bond allocation couldn't be better, just as residents throughout the state turn their attention to these seasonal shoreline attractions."

If the proposal is approved by the commission, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme would be budgeted to receive funding for roof repairs at the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion, repairs to the boardwalk at Rocky Neck and debris cleanup along the beach, Bride Brook and its estuary.

Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford would be budgeted to receive funding for roof and chimney repairs at the Enders House, roof repairs at the visitor center, support complex and mansion and debris cleanup along Goshen Cove.

Fort Trumbull State Park in New London would be budgeted to repair the fishing pier.

"I'm pleased to report the state has prioritized these storm-related repairs," Stillman said.

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