East Lyme Public Trust Foundation announces change of leadership

East Lyme - The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation has announced that President Robert DeSanto has turned over leadership to Joseph Legg, a member of the trust since 2006. The group expressed their appreciation for DeSanto who served for 10 years as President of the Trust.

During his tenure as president, he strove to lead the non-profit corporation of volunteers in its mission “to preserve and enhance the quality of life and the economic health of the Town of East Lyme and the neighboring communities through the encouragement, co-ordination, and execution of projects designed to achieve these goals,” a news release stated.

Among other accomplishments, DeSanto was instrumental in overseeing the development of the Niantic Bay Overlook, dedicated in 2005. He developed the Foundation website, oversaw the initial 103 park benches placed along the 1.1 mile Overlook Park and published monthly progress reports. In addition, he spearheaded an initiative to install three surveillance video cameras which the group funded to provide security to Overlook Park and the Hole-in-the-Wall parking area, according to the news release.

Legg said he is interested in developing new projects consistent with the foundation’s mission statement, but his immediate goal is for the foundation to complete the trust’s involvement with the reconstruction of the Boardwalk with the Town of East Lyme.

The Trust is partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department in offering 50 new memorial benches for purchase. The benches will be placed along the reconstructed western half of Niantic Bay Overlook Park, upon completion. More information is available by contacting Carol Marelli at (860) 739-2688 or camarelli@sbcglobal.net

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