In our conversations with people in Old Saybrook about The Preserve, we often hear things like “isn’t that already protected?” or “I thought the town owned that?” Our answer is a resounding NO! The land is still in jeopardy and the effort to protect it continues! In fact, the next 2 months are critical.
In an effort to reach more town residents, all 5,500+ households in town were invited to a public information session that was held on Friday April 25th. More than 70 people came out to the First Church of Christ to hear about the opportunity to protect The Preserve.
The audience heard from former selectmen Barbara Maynard and Bill Peace, who addressed the history of town acquisitions and the economics of preserving the land. Current First Selectman Fortuna announced that voters in Old Saybrook will be asked to approve $3 million in bonding at a referendum in June. Chris Cryder of Save the Sound gave an orientation of the property and it’s important features.
The forum came on the heels of an exciting announcement earlier in the day by Governor Malloy that the state would commit $3.3 million in state and federal funds to the acquisition and management of The Preserve as a joint state/town park. Representatives from The Trust for Public Land explained that the balance of the $8.09 million purchase price would be raised from private capital campaign that will continue through the end of the year.