Big changes are in store for beach lovers at Silver Sands State Park.
The state is planning some improvements, but for the first time park-goers will have to pay to go to the beach, and that isn’t sitting well with everyone.
Residents will get to see the plans and hear from the state next month.
Right now, there are only porto-potties at the park. The upgrades will add bathrooms, putting Silver Sands in line with the other Connecticut state beaches.
"I love the beach, I love the boardwalk, it’s just really great,” said Mary Marchetti of Milford, who said she doesn’t have a problem with paying to go to the beach. "I don't have a problem with it all. Get the sticker, good for the whole year. Positive thing and it will bring really needed improvements here."
After the state adds restrooms, changing areas and a snack bar with a wraparound deck, park-goers will pay a fee.
Like other state park beaches, it will cost $9 plus tax on weekdays, and $13 plus tax on weekends and holidays.
Seasonal passes will also be available.
"We love the beach and I mean, look you're going to pay if you love something...and it’s cheaper than New York," said Melissa Gannon, of New York.
While many are in favor, others are not.
"There are a lot of people that just come down here, walk the boardwalk, they don't even want to swim, so I think its way overpriced if that's the ticket they're going to charge,” said Nicholas DiGioia of Milford.
Next month the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting, giving beach-goers a change to check out the proposal.
The information session is meant to have citizens view the plans, and discuss the project with staff.
The session will be held on Sept. 24 at Milford City Hall at 6:30 p.m.
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