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Residents Head to Connecticut Beaches



    Connecticut residents are heading to the shoreline to enjoy warm weather and sunny days. (Published Friday, June 27, 2014)

    Days like today that make you want to kick the cubicle and trade board meetings for board shorts. Back to back beautiful weekends have beach-goers forgetting the winter blues and looking for that summer sun.

    “It’s perfect,” said Lisa Watson of Enfield. Her summer selection is a beach day with friends, but Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen reminds the state holds so much more.

    “Beaches, campgrounds, mountains, lakes, river trails; whatever you want to do in the outdoors we can provide it in Connecticut,” said Whalen.

    The promise brought the Wiater family in from Massachusetts looking to continue a longtime family tradition at Hammonasset State Park.

    “It does’t get any better than this sunshine with the family all camping together. It is great,” said Katie Wiater.

    Those who can enjoy it, however, aren’t the only who love it. Great weather also means great business for waterfront restaurants and shops.

    “We had a little slow start since it has been such a long winter,” said Glenne Fennelly of Bill’s Seafood in Westbrook. “Now it is full force.”

    As they do every year, Bill’s is welcoming back its summer regulars and adding a few new faces. On a perfect summer weekend you can expect to be greeted by a long line, but they promise you will leave a happy, and hopefully lifelong, customer.

    “They are all very happy to be outside and be on the water. It is a very New England feeling here,” said Fennelly.

    The DEEP says summer is in session and in Connecticut all are welcome.

    “Come on down, we would love to see you.” said Whalen.