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Connecticut bill contains ‘rise in the sea level’ stipulation

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association sent an alert to members about a bill that would permit a “rise in the sea level” to be a factor in denying the use of or rebuilding on waterfront or coastal property.

HB 5128, An Act Concerning Certain Revisions to the Coastal Zone Management Statutes, was approved by the Environment Committee and referred to the full House, according to the CMTA, which is urging members to contact their legislators and ask them not to take action on the proposal.

The bill would give “unprecedented new powers to the state and local planning entities to interfere with development on the shore,” the alert states. “Marinas and other marine facilities could be at risk.”

A Shoreline Preservation Taskforce was formed to look into this, but has not yet issued a report.

The substitute language adopted by the committee can be found on the Connecticut General Assembly website.

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