by Diana Stricker | Apr 24, 2013 8:46 am | Comments (1)
There are no easy answers when it comes to rising seas and shoreline communities.
• Homes can be elevated, but neighbors’ scenic views may be blocked.
• Sea walls may protect one property, but divert damage to another.
• Towns can elevate local flood-prone roads, but what will the state do about the connecting roads?
• Federal flood plain maps are expanding, but can homeowners afford the escalating cost of flood insurance?
by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2013 7:36 am | Comments (1)
Things are looking up—literally—for the DeRosa family, whose waterfront home in Short Beach was damaged by both Tropical Storm Irene and Super Storm Sandy.
The 100-year-old home at 294 Shore Dr. has been elevated above flood levels, and work on the new foundation is nearing completion.
“Now it’s the best thing we ever did,” said Mary Ellen DeRosa. “We left the dishes in the cupboards, and nothing broke. That’s how perfect it was raised,” she said. “It was the easiest thing, once we made the decision.”
by Christine Stuart | Mar 29, 2013 8:25 am
The two co-chairs of the Energy and Technology Committee extended an olive branch to environmentalists and advocates Thursday when they crashed a press conference in opposition to a bill they helped draft.
“We’re really all on the same side,” Rep. Lonnie Reed, D-Branford, told advocates Thursday before leaving so they could pan portions of the bill.
by Diana Stricker | Feb 27, 2013 8:40 am
“With sea level rise, there’s really no happy ending.”
David Blatt of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) made this cautionary remark during a Coastal Management Workshop last week in Branford.
Blatt offered insight into newly enacted legislation that begins to address the issue of rising seas. Blatt and John Gaucher, both of DEEP’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs, discussed revisions to the Connecticut Coastal Management Act (CCMA) that went into effect Oct. 1. The revisions will likely have an impact on Branford’s more than 20 miles of shoreline.
by Diana Stricker | Jan 10, 2013 11:03 am
Branford is in the process of preserving a 22-acre refuge comprised of trees, grasslands and marshes on the western side of town, near one of the heaviest areas of condominium development.
“It’s a gorgeous piece of property,” said Marleen Cenotti, a neighbor who is also president of the Friends of the Farm River Estuary.
by Diana Stricker | Jan 4, 2013 12:36 pm | Comments (2)
Branford adopted new zoning regulations last night that will make it easier for shoreline residents to meet federal guidelines to elevate their homes above flood levels. The action followed the damage to shoreline homes in the aftermath of Storms Irene and Sandy.
The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved numerous changes to the zoning and subdivision regulations following a public hearing last night. There was no opposition to the revisions, but one resident asked why there were no provisions about the type of stores allowed in the Town Center, in light of public concern about a gun shop slated to open on Main Street about a block away from the town Green. The town planner explained that the proposed revisions were written before the issue emerged, and said it is something that may be discussed in the future.
by Mary Johnson & Marcia Chambers | Dec 31, 2012 7:58 am | Comments (3)
Superstorm Sandy swept through Branford on Oct 30, bringing with it howling winds, high sea surges and a loss of power that lasted nearly a week for some residents. As 2012 comes to a close, we recognize Superstorm Sandy as the major environmental story of the year. Here are the photos our photographer Mary Johnson took to document Sandy’s impact on Branford.
Sandy arrived on Oct 29, and by the next day her final winds and surges came ashore. Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) reported that 14,908 homes were without power in town. This means that in addition to electricity, cable stations and internet service in those homes were not working either.
by Diana Stricker | Dec 14, 2012 10:34 am
The Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) approved construction of a cell tower in Branford, (site pictured above) rather than in East Haven, to serve the Short Beach area and adjacent neighborhoods in East Haven.This is the third cell tower approved for Branford in less than three years.
The approval was granted Thursday despite testimony and research from Branford’s consulting engineer stating that the East Haven site would be less intrusive and would serve a greater population. In terms of scenic views, the cell tower will be visible from nearby Parker Memorial Park and several other shoreline areas.
by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 26, 2012 7:30 am
The storms of the past few years failed to destroy a magnificent weeping hemlock, a landmark tree in Branford that’s close to 150 years old.
However, Superstorm Sandy blew down a nearby apple tree, which damaged several branches of what is known as a Sargent’s weeping hemlock, so arborists came to Short Beach Road this weekend to make some repairs.
by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2012 11:00 am | Comments (1)
Neighbors fear a proposal to build a new house and renovate a seawall (pictured) will adversely affect an adjacent portion of Sunset Beach, which is jointly owned by an association of 38 families in the Pawson Park area of Branford.
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held a two-hour public hearing last Thursday, during which time experts for both sides presented testimony.