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Waterford neighbors want crackdown at local beach

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WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Residents in Waterford are mounting a petition drive in hopes of curtailing wild parties at a local beach this Memorial Day.

Traditionally, the town of Waterford doesn't open up the Waterford Beach Park until the third week of June.

However, people in town said it's too late and they want to open it earlier such as Memorial Day weekend.

"We're only a month out from Memorial Day weekend and now everyone is starting to think about summer and our beach is so beautiful," said Melissa Guarnieri, of Waterford.

Residents told Eyewitness News in previous Memorial Day weekends, they witnessed young adults drinking and having a free-for-all at the alcohol-prohibited park.

"There was profane language, disruptive behavior and it just got to the point where it wasn't a safe place to be," said Jan Zimmerman, of Waterford.

Guarnieri and Zimmerman started an online petition drive, which is getting traction at town hall.

"We understand their concern and we want that beach to be as safe and healthy place to people to go and enjoy," said Waterford First Selectman Dan Steward.

The town is considering opening this Memorial Day weekend, having a parking attendant collect parking fees and providing security.

However, not everyone agrees with paying parking fees weeks earlier than usual.

"I wouldn't like it because I come very often," said Josh Henry, of Waterford. "So it would get pretty expensive, I guess."

Town leaders said they plan to do something about this issue before Memorial Day. They'll meet to discuss the matter with Parks and Recreation Commission on May 21 at 5 p.m. at Waterford Town Hall.

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