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Town secures $275K to improve shoreline access for disabled

Published 12:41 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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The town has received a $275,000 state grant to improve accessibility for people with disabilities at several shoreline properties.

The Small Town Economic Assistance Program funding will be used to upgrade access at South Benson Marina, Southport Beach, Ye Yacht Yard and Sasco Beach.

"I am thankful to our state delegation for helping our town obtain this needed funding that will increase handicap accessibility at some of our widely-used coastal recreation sites," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in a statement.

Work will be done to picnic areas, concession stands and restrooms in order to make them compliant with standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as increase accessibility for the elderly and visitors with small children.

"Storm Sandy caused severe damage to some of Fairfield's most popular public pavilions, but our recovery is well under way," state Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, said in the statement. "Our delegation will continue to work for the funding Fairfield needs to complete its restorations. In the meantime, we are pleased to have secured this grant which will eventually make our beaches more accessible to all of our residents."

STEAP grants are available to towns for capital improvement projects. Fairfield has also applied for grant funding to make handicap access improvements at Jennings Beach.