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Hammonasset, Rocky Neck closed due to full capacity

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Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison and Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme are closed on Sunday after reaching full parking capacity. 

Rocky Neck reached full capacity as of noon on Sunday, while Hammonasset reached capacity around 1:45 p.m., according to DEEP Outdoor Recreation Twitter. 

Other state parks that are closed include Bigelow Hollow in Union, Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield, Mount Tom in Litchfield, Millers Pond in Durham and Squantz Pond in New Fairfield. 

Sunday's hot weather meant cold hard cash for business owners on the shoreline.  The income infusion is especially welcome after local businesses suffered through a long winter.

At Bill's Seafood in Westbrook, the outdoor seating area was loaded with patrons and after a long cold winter the managers, said they wouldn't have it any other way.

“It was very tough. It's tough on scheduling stuff, on entertainment, just all around ordering food is very difficult,” Mark Leopoldino, who is a manager at Bill's Seafood, said.

But brighter days have arrived as the temperatures were in the 80s all Sunday.

“Every time Scot Haney would say more snow I would be praying that we'd have days like this,” Arthur Green with Bill's Seafood said.

Now Bill's like most other shoreline eateries has been jammed this weekend.

“Everything is booked in there you can't even get a seat even at the bar.  We were sitting at the bar...jam packed,” Customer Laurie Shagnella said.

But with blue skies, customers told Eyewitness News they don't mind fighting the crowds.

“It’s the ambiance. It's the shoreline everyone loves eating down here, it's great,” Shagnella said.  

The managers at Bill's told Eyewitness News summer sales have been up from last year, which is helping make up for their lackluster winter.  

To stay updated on what parks are at capacity you can check here

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