Westport fireworks: No staking out beach spots
Published 4:06 pm, Tuesday, June 28, 2011
In anticipation of a large crowd for the Friday fireworks display over Compo Beach, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said Monday that attendees will not be able to reserve areas of the beach in advance.
"In the past few years we have seen an increase in residents cordoning off sections of the beach in anticipation of guests arriving later in the day," McCarthy said in a statement. "The Parks and Recreation Commission has asked that staff discourage this activity as both inconsiderate of fellow beachgoers and inconsistent with beach regulations."
Parks and Recreation Department staff will be on the beach Friday reminding residents to show consideration and may remove unattended items used to stake out space, he added.
Compo Beach will be closed at 4 p.m. Friday to all but fireworks ticket holders. The beach entrance will close at 4 p.m. and reopen as soon as non-ticket holders are cleared from the parking areas.
The beach entrance is expected to be closed up to one hour and cars will not be permitted to wait on Compo Beach Road during that time, the statement adds. Dan DeVito, parks and recreation operations supervisor, said fireworks ticket holders could avoid delays by coming to the beach before 4 p.m. or arriving after 5 p.m.
In addition, Westport police have issued the following traffic-control guidelines for the fireworks:
Access to the fireworks display is via South Compo Road only. Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open only to residents with homes south of that intersection.
People planning to attend the fireworks show should display the ticket prominently on their vehicle's dashboard where it can be seen at the entrance to Compo Beach.
Shuttle buses from extra parking at Longshore Park will run to Compo. The pickups will take place near the marina.
At the end of the fireworks display, two-way traffic will be suspended on Compo Beach Road, South Compo Road to the intersection of Greens Farms Road and on Hillspoint Road to the intersection of Greens Farms Road. There will be two lanes of northbound traffic on these streets until the beach is cleared.
Because of the anticipated heavy traffic, pedestrians attending the fireworks are reminded not to walk in the street and to use sidewalks when entering and leaving Compo Beach.
Tickets for access to Compo are limited and cost $30 per car; once they are all sold shuttle passes will be available. The tickets are on sale at Police Department headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, and the Parks and Recreation Department office, 260 Compo Road South.
The rain date for the fireworks is July 5.