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DEC formally dedicates Three Mile Bay water access site

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THREE MILE BAY — A new Chaumont Bay access point for anglers and boaters officially opened Thursday.

Work at the access point, located at 8786 Route 12E, was finished last fall. The dedication was delayed until Thursday to coincide with the same week as Earth Day, and to take advantage of the warmer spring weather.

The access point features a single-lane concrete launch and a floating dock. It can hold up to six vehicles with trailers and 10 additional vehicles.

“I don’t think I’ve been out here when there were not trailers here,” said Judy Drabicki, director of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 6.

The access point was dedicated to town residents Leonard and Jean Bach with a sign at the site’s entrance.

According to DEC, the site was a result of a Lake Ontario Natural Resources Damages settlement in 2006. The state acquired the site in 2010. Among the work required before the site’s opening was the demolition of the existing building, which included asbestos abatement. The total cost of the project was $277,000.

Among the approximately 20 people attending the dedication were Donald R. Sr. and Betty L. Reed, sporting jackets for Bachy’s Marine, which they owned for 28 years at the site of the access point. The pair sold it in 1994 to their daughter and son-in-law, who were the ones who sold the site to DEC.

Mrs. Reed said the opening brought back memories from their time owning the store, from saving turtle eggs left near the store to a major windstorm that ripped off the building’s back doors.

She gave the new site a positive review, adding “I’m fascinated how it turned out.”

One of the key elements of the new access point, Ms. Drabicki said, was its outreach to residents.

“This is one of those places where they said they wanted it,” she said. “That ensures it will be successful.”

The dedication of the access site comes as DEC finalizes its work at a waterway access site in the town of Lyme at the isthmus onto Point Peninsula, where Golden’s Marina used to be. The 12.3-acre parcel, purchased by the DEC in 2002, has a two-lane trailer-improved boat launch, two floating docks, parking for 25 vehicles with trailers and an additional 10 vehicle parking area. That project has cost about $888,000 in total.

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