“We’ve survived here a lot of years. For a lot of years, many have come and enjoyed what nature and god have given us. Let it just continue. There’s nothing wrong with it the way it is," said Westport resident John Kluchnick.
Compo Beach is getting a makeover soon. And, so far the plans are leaving many locals bitter and angry. They say the plans are commercializing a much loved town jewel.
Meanwhile: The group tasked with developing that plan, known as the “Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee” saying on its webiste it’s only looking to refresh the beach and improve it’s safety.
The Committee offered no comments for this story; but, taking a look at their website and facebook page, you can see the draft master plan. Some improvements listed include updating the bathrooms and exploring low level lighting. But, the biggest and most controversial element? The removal of beach front parking.
"It is terribly inconvenient for seniors, for small children - for everyone," said Kluchnick
Kluchnick is one of the many opposed to the removal. While the Committee suggesting it as a way to separate beach guests from car traffic, Kluchnick says it’s only going to worsen safety.
"You have a mother of three of whatever has to go from there to here and say: Johnny, Johnny stop -stop, Bill, get over here. And a car will go zooming by - and the elderly have to go from there to here with a walker or whatever," he explained.
Firm details on the committee’s plan should be available next month when the committee will hand over its master plan to the Parks and Recreation Department.