Conn. Senate passes shoreline preservation bill
HARTFORD, Conn.—The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill aimed at preserving and protecting the state's shoreline.
State Senators passed a modified version of the bill unanimously Friday. It now awaits action in the state House of Representatives.
The bill requires municipalities seek to minimize public money speak on building sea walls, allowing these barricades to be built only as a last resort.
Additionally, if a town denies a person's request to build a wall to protect his or her property, it must purpose an environmentally friendly alternative.
It comes in response to shoreline damage seen in Connecticut following tropical storm Irene and other weather events.
Democratic Sen. Edward Meyer, of Guilford, said the bill "strikes a balance" between shoreline preservation the rights of property owners.