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windswell



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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 9:17 am    Post subject: Fogland water access possibly threatened Reply with quote

I don't sail Fogland much, but those of you that do should make sure the town of Tiverton will lose beach pass revenue if they put lots of "trawl" lines across this popular wind and kite surfing spot. Step up and complain. The "viability probject" will very likely lead to trawl lines all over this popular spot. Their "defense" is that it's in water too shallow for boats.... what about us????

From the local paper....""Submitted by Chris Clarendon of Tiverton, the Fogland proposal seeks permission to put grow eastern oysters in shallow water to the east and just north of Fogland Beach.

Mr. Clarendon, too, intends to raise oysters in mesh bags, about 24 inches square. These bags — eight of them at first for this “viability project,” will be strung along 30-foot trawl lines anchored by a helix anchor that would be screwed into the bottom mud.

Anyone wishing to comment on either of these proposals may do so by writing to Coastal Resources Management Council, Stedman Government Center, 4804 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879-1900""
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geohaye



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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spread the word to the local windsurfers & kiters. Take this seriously. We never want to lose access! Once gone, it can be gone forever.

Even if you have never sailed Fogland but would like to be able to someday (like me), or even if you are just an occasional Fogland sailor, make it your (temporary) mission in life to keep this beach open!

I just snail-mailed this public comment below. You can copy & paste and send the same letter, or better yet, modify it -- because if your letter is original it will make a much bigger impact:

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Coastal Resources Management Council
Stedman Government Center
4804 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, RI 02879-1900

June 1, 2010


Dear Coastal Resources Management Council,

Concerning Chris Clarendon's Fogland Oyster Project, Fogland is a long-time established recreational area for windsurfers and kiteboarders. This established recreational use must be protected. There is even a professional anemometer permanently installed there for the specific, paid-subscription use of windsurfers and kiteboarders (see iwindsurf.com). That anemometer and it's historical data were of particular help to Massachusetts and Rhode Island when tracking the spread of oil after the April 2003 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill.

Fogland COVE is a perfect location for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The shallow water nearshore is ideal, particularly for beginners, families, and older people. The water and wind conditions as well as beach access are very special at Fogland and absolutely not available just anywhere. Even being pushed just across the beach on the South side will make this recreation impossible for many people . This is an important and unique recreational spot in Rhode Island. It absolutely must be protected.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding are non-polluting, wind- and body-powered sports that are extremely healthy and positive for the participants as well as the community. The local economy benefits – from business and services used by the windsurfers and kiteboarders. The local community benefits -- at a time of growing concern about obesity and other health issues, established healthy outdoor recreation must be set at a premium of importance. In addition, windsurfers and kiteboarders pay an entrance fee to the beach which benefits Tiverton.

Please do not allow the negative recreational impacts of the proposed oyster project to take place.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
[YOUR FULL NAME AND FULL ADDRESS]




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Coastal Resources Management Council
Stedman Government Center
4804 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, RI 02879-1900

Memorial Day, Monday May 31, 2010,

RE: PROPOSED TIVERTON OYSTER PROJECT

Please take all steps to prevent the proposed oyster growing project from taking place in Tiverton near Fogland Beach. Fogland is a long-time established recreational area for windsurfers and kiteboarders. This established recreational use must be protected.

Fogland is a perfect location for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The shallow water nearshore is ideal. The excellent water and wind conditions as well as beach access are unique and absolutely not available just anywhere. This is a critically important and unique recreational spot in Rhode Island, and it absolutely must be protected.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding are wind- and muscle-powered sports that are extremely healthy and positive for the participants as well as the community. The local economy benefits – from business and services used by the windsurfing and kiteboarding communities. The local community benefits -- at a time of growing concern about obesity and other health issues, established healthy outdoor recreation must be set at a premium of importance.

Please use the highest standard to protect windsurfing and kiteboarding at Fogland, and do not allow the negative impacts of the proposed oyster project to take place.

Respectfully submitted,
[YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS]



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Juani222



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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi people!
Long time no see... It makes me very concerned that Fogland is at risk... Some of my best windsurfing memories are linked to that place: first planing jibe, first all-year-round season, sunset sessions, sunrise sessions, and the best crowd EVER...
I moved to Chicago a year ago, but I took five minutes and sent a letter too (thanks geohaye, I used yours as a template...)
I encourage any sailor to become an advocate for the sport...

See you out there,

Juan (proud to be a Fogland child)



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windswell



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my version of Geohayes letter, please cut, paste, change it a little and mail it in people. In addition to protecting Fogland, this sets a standard for protecting other access. And it keeps your local spot from becoming crowded with all the folks who may have used FOgland.

Coastal Resources Management Council
Stedman Government Center
4804 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, RI 02879-1900

June 1, 2010


Dear Coastal Resources Management Council,

Concerning Chris Clarendon's Fogland Oyster Project, Fogland is a long-time established recreational area for windsurfers and kiteboarders. This established recreational use must be protected. There is even a professional anemometer permanently installed there for the specific, paid-subscription use of windsurfers and kiteboarders (see iwindsurf.com). That anemometer and it's historical data were of particular help to Massachusetts and Rhode Island when tracking the spread of oil after the April 2003 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill.

Fogland COVE is a perfect location for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The shallow water nearshore is ideal, particularly for beginners, families, and older people. The water and wind conditions as well as beach access are very special at Fogland and absolutely not available just anywhere. Even being pushed just across the beach on the South side will make this recreation impossible for many people . This is an important and unique recreational spot in Rhode Island. It absolutely must be protected.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding are non-polluting, wind- and body-powered sports that are extremely healthy and positive for the participants as well as the community. The local economy benefits – from business and services used by the windsurfers and kiteboarders. The local community benefits -- at a time of growing concern about obesity and other health issues, established healthy outdoor recreation must be set at a premium of importance. In addition, windsurfers and kiteboarders pay an entrance fee to the beach which benefits Tiverton

Please do not allow the negative recreational impacts of the proposed oyster project to take place.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
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geohaye



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My post up above that contains the sample letter = updated.

Version A is windswell's update (Better!)
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paulsail



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for posting sample letter. Just mailed mine in. Fogland is a great place!!
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acidland



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep the letters coming. I mailed one out yesterday. Keep this thread going to remind everyone to reply. Please don't allow this venture to happen. It is amazing that one person might be allowed to take over an entire recreational area for his own personal gain. Thanks for your support in stopping this.
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dpsilver



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's not drop the ball here. Fogland is too special to lose; get up your outrage and keep the letters coming!
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Juani222



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Igor, Steve, did you send your letters already? It takes five minutes and 50 cents... Let's not drop the ball here!
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ikopeikin



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Juan ;>)
I did. Going Fogland tomorrow!
--Igor
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