State to provide funding to reconstruct seawall at Garvan Point Beach in Madison

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MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — Surf Club Beach and Garvan Point are popular spots in Madison.

“The beach area is beautiful,” said Madison resident Robyn Spruill.  “The whole setup they have here is great.”

From above, the grass-covered point may appear to be picture-perfect.

“Where we’re standing right now has been celebrated for many generations,” said Robert Card, who sits on the town’s Beach & Recreation Commission. 

Spruill is among the many residents who enjoy the town’s picturesque coastline. 

“That’s why a lot of us live here,” said Spruill.

But take a closer look at the wall which surrounds and supports Garvan Point and the picture is not so pretty. It’s covered in rust with holes in it. The town says it’s not much protection against the strongest of storms.

“The current seawall which is here is insufficient for the rising tides and climate change and will eventually fail,” said Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, (D) Connecticut.

The Lt. Governor says replacing the wall will cost about $1.5 million and the state will provide half of that with the town matching the funds.

“It’s difficult for municipalities to fund these on their own,” said First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons, (D) Madison.

The town’s Coastal Resiliency Commission says that it will be replacing the steel piling wall with a concrete wall and that’s because if they tried to use a rip rap stone wall, it would have to be built up so far back that they would lose half of the land on the point.

“Luckily, we were able to get additional funding for the entire replacement of the wall and maintain the geometry as it currently exists, which is a great asset to the town of Madison,” said Graham Curtis, V.P. of the Coastal Resiliency Commission.

“The more we can put into this, I think just as a whole for the community, I think is really good,” said Spruill.

A picture that may be changing a little bit so it can mostly stay the same. 

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