Community Postings: Long Island Sound, bow hunting and more

During its annual board of directors meeting, Operation Fuel elected three new board members, including Daniel Canavan, of Fairfield, regulatory counsel for UIL Holdings Corp. Canavan previously served on Operation Fuel’s board.

Bow hunting update

Fairfield County has become a top destination for bow hunters this season. Across the state, bow hunters have killed 2,464 deer this season. That’s nearly 300 more than a year ago.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection updates its deer harvesting list each week. Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31, hunters nabbed 38 deer in Fairfield.

To see the complete statewide totals: http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/hunting_trapping/pdf_files/ReportedHarvest.pdf.

Building sold

for $1.6 million

Angel Commercial announced the sale of a 11,042-square-foot industrial building located on 0.76 acres at 730-750 Commerce Drive in Fairfield for $1.6 million. 730 Commerce Drive LLC, of Fairfield, purchased the property from Commerce Properties LLC and Babcock Holdings LLC.

Jon Angel, president at Angel Commercial, represented the buyer and the seller in the transaction.

Five Star Products Inc., a provider of non-shrink cement and epoxy-based construction solutions, previously occupied the space. The company outgrew the building and moved to a larger facility in Shelton.

Forum looks at Sound’s future

Those with an interest in the waters of Long Island Sound, from recreational to commercial uses, have been invited to a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk to learn about and discuss the estuary’s future uses.

The forum, “Shaping a ‘Sound’ Future with the Long Island Sound Blue Plan,” will feature details about the state-mandated effort, plus a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with stakeholders. The event is free.

The Blue Plan — called for by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers in 2015 — will supplement the Coast Management Program’s existing authority in the deeper offshore reaches of the Sound.

The legislation establishes a process for the state to develop an inventory of Long Island Sound’s natural resources and uses and, ultimately, a plan to guide future use of the Sound’s waters and submerged lands. It is intended to prioritize the protection of existing natural resources and such uses as fishing, aquaculture and navigation from future conflicting or incompatible activities, and would not create new regulatory restrictions for them.

Charged with preparing the Blue Plan by 2019, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and its Advisory Committee are hosting the forum to begin the process of gaining public and stakeholder input.

Speakers and panelists will include DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee; Nathan Frohling, from the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut; Bill Gardella, of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association; Melissa Gates, from the Surfrider Foundation; Dick Harris, from Copps Island Oysters; Christine Nelson, of Old Saybrook; Mike Theiler, from Jeanette T. Fisheries, and Brian Thompson, from Connecticut DEEP.

The forum will include a 28-minute documentary, “Ocean Frontiers II,” which follows a similar marine-planning effort in Rhode Island.

The public forum is hosted by the Blue Plan Advisory Committee and the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut Sea Grant, Connecticut Marine Trades Association, Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut Charter and Party Boat Association, Surfrider Foundation, Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Norm Bloom and Son/Copps Island Oysters, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, New England Science and Sailing, the town of Old Saybrook, Harbor Watch (a program of Earthplace) and Green Fire Productions.