• Welcome to
    Friends of Compo Beach

    'LOVE THE IMPROVEMENTS, WHERE'S THE ENFORCEMENT WE PAID FOR?'

    What are you doing Wednesday evening June 20 at 7:30?

    If you want a voice in what's going on down at Compo beach, don't settle for just being a grumpy internet troll who complains online! Come down to Town Hall and let's talk about it! 


    1. THANK Parks & Recreation for what they HAVE done to make this a great summer at Compo Beach - - it is a ton of great improvements, they are really listening!


    2.Provide feedback about the lack of enforcement on parking - - at Compo, at Old Mill wherever you are encountering it. And let's challenge Why This Is Still Happening when the budget went UP and your emblem price went up at least +25% to pay for this.


    3. Let's have a civil discussion about sports on our relatively small beach. Hear all the different perspectives out and see in-person all the constituencies  P&R has to balance. Reasonable people can always arrive at a common sense solution.


    NEXT STEPS: 

    1.We will continue to monitor the implementation of all of the planned improvements.

    2. Email us with your photos, observations and  thoughts about the the conditions of Compo Beach this summer. 

    3. Subscribe here and tell your friends

    4. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for news

    5. We will keep collecting your comments and providing them anonymously to the Town. See a cross section of representative feedback we have received below here.


    CROSSECTION OF FEEDBACK-


      

    Beach was awesome today except for these 3 vehicles. 

    Spoke with gate and said they or the police would do something but they just continued talking to their friends who showed up. 

    Also they said any police or fire families could use the beach for free. Any town or state or city.  The vehicle was from ny and had an illegal metal plate in front window. Not an official Nyc placard paper. 

    Everything was looking great and going well at Compo Beach until this weekend.  I must have missed the discussion of the decision to install blue flags to designate the area between the two centrally located life guard stands as the ball playing/sports activity area on the main beach.  I was amazed at how large an area has been allocated to active sports activity in what is the prime beach area for all those parking in the Soundview Lot and being dropped off at the Uber loading area.   The sports activity area is currently located, as of this weekend, in a central area where those with small children, those who want to picnic under an umbrella or quietly read and relax typically sit. Now those beachgoers must carry their chairs and belongings up along Soundview Road or over in front of the playground or beyond Joey’s to be able to sit without fear of their umbrellas, small children or themselves being hit by a ball, Frisbee or other sports equipment.

    This seems like a huge accommodation has been made to the ‘sportsters’ among us to the detriment of those who come to Compo for a quiet, relaxing day at the beach.  Why was the sports-area placed front and center where most of the passive beachgoers have been enjoying their relaxation for many years.

    The blue flags are easily moved and could presumably create an even larger portion of the beach to active games.

    IMHO this decision should be reconsidered and relocated to a less popular and formerly populous area of the beach.


    Some observations

    No one is patrolling the beach so daily passes are parking along the beach, along the island, and no one is on duty to enforce the new rules.

    People playing with footballs on the beach

    Someone flying a Kite on the beach

    I've also seen drinking on the main beach

    Parking on the road by Mill Beach without emblems before 5.00pm

    So I'm wondering after all of the hard work to make our beach better for us residents who will be enforcing the rules????


    I think it was Thursday there were two Mom's with toddlers down by the cannons with a nearby stroller.  In the stroller was a small dog.  I reported that as well.  I haven't seen any police there and I walk there all the time.


    I agree that beaches should be available to all with no one prohibited, but I noticed the crowds in that loading zone. I support your efforts all the way and the beach looks excellent so far. I believe Greenwich requires pedestrians and bikers to have associated passes and ID. I did see police patrolling, but I also saw very few cars in the daily pass parking area over the weekend


    Someone had previously responded saying that they will be contracting with a border collie service to remove the Canada geese. I think that is fantastic- I don’t know how effective they are for seagulls but it is worth a shot. The dogs wont be here until July- and I just wish it were possible to keep that new roof looking good before then- installing a few lines would likely help protect it. 




    About Us

    Background

    We Westport residents love Compo Beach!

    But summer 2017 was one for the record books: record crowds, record traffic, record problems with garbage, bathrooms, bad behavior. We'd like a course correction and we are joining our voices to get this fixed by Summer 2018! 

    Our Goals

    1. Reduce the crowd sizes

    2. Fix the traffic problem

    3. Ensure parking for residents

    4. Enforce rules for public behavior and courtesy

    5. Ensure services such as boat ramps are accessible

    6. Restore a safe, clean, environmentally sound beach

    Our Action Plan

    1. Meet with town leaders to raise our concerns

    2. Provide them with feedback on any of their solutions

    3. Organize residents to keep up our activity until the situation is fixed

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    Contact Us

    Drop us a line! Let us know your Compo Beach thoughts and ideas!

    EMAIL US at friendsofcompobeach@gmail.com

    Read our Friday site updates and emailed mini newsletters to stay updated, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram

    Friends of Compo Beach

    191 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880 USA

    FAQs

    Is this a political site?

    No. This is a  non partisan initiative.

    Can Weston residents join?

    Yes. Weston residents have had long standing Westport beach privileges. This group has not been created to change that.

    Are comments private?

    Yes, your comments and email address are known only to the site administrator. Feedback will be shared to the town anonymously. This email list will not be shared with anyone.

    Was the November Election the end of the Process?

    No! We have a long journey to get all 6 of our goals met with initiatives, policy changes, and funding in the 2018 budget. 

    Can we continue to send ideas?

    Yes! Keep your thoughts and feedback coming!

    How can we help?

    Subscribe, spread the word, attend each Parks & Rec Commission Meeting and call/email to ask your RTM representative  to support the goals of the Friends of Compo Beach  

    Events

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