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Contractors stick to strict deadline when fixing up vacation beachfront homes

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Contractors were working along the shoreline on Friday. (WFSB) Contractors were working along the shoreline on Friday. (WFSB)
OLD LYME, CT (WFSB) -

Contractors along the shoreline are hammering it out, trying to get vacation home work done before the Fourth of July.

The seasonal rush starts right after Labor Day and is meant to renovate cottages before families head to them for the summer.

Terence Donovan of Old Lyme said he’s used to the pressure.

"You have a deadline by I believe it’s July 4th to get everything done,” Donovan said. “So you're in a big rush to get it all going."

The laws vary from beach community to beach community. However, prior to the Fourth and after Labor Day, contractors can only work from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. They also can’t leave demolition dumpsters in the street.

"We rebuilt the front porch and back porch and opened it all up and we uncovered that chimney which is a gem,” Donovan said.

Donovan showed Eyewitness News a chimney he’d been working to restore.

He said his project uncovered more problems that had to be fixed to meet local building codes.

Donovan said that’s not unusual when contractors work on older beachfront homes that are exposed to high winds and salty air.

"Everyone is eager to get things going and you have a deadline,” he said.

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