The Westport Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee continued strategizing its “master plan” on Tuesday, a plan looking to refresh a much loved Town asset.
It has become a controversial process in the town. The Committee says it wants to improve traffic and safety, and also update the beach with green technology and better appliances. But many Westporters are bitterly objecting to the plan, with some accusing the committee of commercializing the beach rather than refreshing it.
Today’s meeting ended with the Committee recommending a number of policy decisions, the most notable being their recommendation to keep parking as first come – first serve. It’s a decision that angered many residents in the meeting, who said taxpayers living in the community shouldn’t be forced to park in less-convenient spaces.
“Last year I counted 70 New York license plates up front that restricted people who are elderly form parking there,” said one resident. “They are not paying 40 thousand dollars a year in property taxes- let them do the walking,” he continued.
The Committee responded by saying it is not in tasked with reviewing policy changes. But, the Committee is intent upon creating better traffic flow; and for that reason, another notable recommendation tonight was the removal of the skate park and mini golf course from the plan. Both, they said, take up space and could be used for parking.
Parking has become a top issue in the Compo Beach debate since the plan's introduction. One plan by the Committee is looking to eliminate the perimeter beachfront parking, and instead place a walking/bike lane stretching around the loop. It’s a move that’s taken a lot heat from the community, with some saying it will worsen traffic near the beach entrance and obstruct the view to the beach.