WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Neighbors in Waterford say an abandoned state hospital is the site of new troubles this summer. That's because it's right on the water, and they say not everyone who visits is well behaved.
There is a developer interested in the property, but he has yet to actually buy the former Seaside Regional Center so it remains up for sale and open for some public use.
Some of the concerns with the state-owned property are year-round vacant buildings and vandalism.
"There was a guy that even drove his car down the sidewalk the other day...twice," said Debby Greene.
Greene doesn't have a problem with those who come to use the beach, but some have seen more littering and uncontrolled pets.
"They're just running loosely and it's like no no," said Jan Merrill-Morin. "I don't want to get jumped on again like I did last year."
The state tells News 8 the property is open to pedestrians, but dogs should be on a leash.
If the folks who use the beach didn't abuse it then folks around there say they wouldn't really be complaining as much. Instead, News 8 saw towels there, an old sushi container, and one woman says she has actually found bags full of poop. People picked up after their dogs, but then left the bags behind.
"So it's just causing a real nuisance because you have bags all over everywhere," said Mary Cahill.
News 8 told the state neighbors want it to take more control of what goes on there. There is security, but on weekends the off-limit lots are sometimes full of cars.
"There's a lot of good people that come," said Merrill-Morin, "but there's a lot of people of concern."
Among the good people, News 8 saw a woman cleaning up the entire parking lot before she left.
"People pick it up, but why should other people have to pick up after people," asked Cahill.
There are plenty of people who do clean up after themselves and their dogs, and neighbors say they are welcome.
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The holiday season makes for crowded malls and one woman had quite the disturbing experience as she headed to the West Farms Mall. She was riding a public bus when a man took her by surprise, exposing himself.
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A Stamford bank was robbed Tuesday by an armed man wearing a neck brace, who claimed he had nothing to live for.
An appeal notice has been filed by the former chairman of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino who was convicted of embezzling tribal funds.
Tuesday night many folks are making the trek home during the evening rush hour and state police have some simple advice, which is take your time.
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The slippery road conditions at the height of the storm led to an awful crash in Milford. A driver lost control of his car on Minuteman Drive slamming right into a house.
Ridgefield police and firefighters delivered a baby in a couple's home on Tuesday morning.
It's a story that folks are still talking about, even in the last 24 hours, we've received a dozen new calls on a story News 8 brought you last week about a woman being kicked out a court room for breastfeeding.