NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The Billings Lake Boat Launch looks pretty quiet Wednesday afternoon, but neighbors tell us that at any time during the day and especially at night this has become a huge party place.
Little William comes down to the Billings Lake Boat Launch with his parents and dog Pepper quite often.
But lately, they have been seeing more and more out-of-towners and out-of-staters who aren’t launching any boats.
“Lots of people have… people have been coming down to the lake and partying,” said North Stonington resident Brian Racicot. “Especially during COVID they’ve been coming down swimming and drinking alcohol and breaking bottles.”
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says since June of 2020 Environmental Conservation Police and State Police have responded to several disorderly conduct events and assaults there. Residents would like to see more enforcement.
“It’s hard especially having a family,” said resident Laura Racicot. “It’s scary.”
One neighbor tells News 8 that people have blocked the boat launch. One time a family parked its car on it and was blowing up inflatables and wouldn’t move the car when another person came and wanted to launch a boat.
We’re also told there was another family which put a grill and picnic table right in the water on the boat launch.
Normally quiet and isolated, the dead-end road can sometimes be filled with cars and partiers.
“We’ve had a lot of issues this summer especially with people racing cars out and crashing their vehicles,” said Brian Racicot.
“We have to jump out of the way because of people coming by,” said Brian Racicot.
Seasonal speed bumps were installed to try to slow down reckless drivers and now effective immediately the DEEP has issued a 90-day alcohol ban at the boat launch and adjacent properties. New signs announce that temporary ban.
“I think it will be a great resource to use. People won’t be smashing bottles on the lake hopefully and it might deter the drivers who are under the influence,” said Laura Racicot.
They’re hoping the ban on booze will help restore some of the peace and quiet they used to enjoy.