A petition to halt the May 15 opening of the Compo Beach parking lots and Longshore golf course made the Westport rounds yesterday. An “06880” story generated dozens of comments — and signatures.
Organizer Drew Ferrara says, “For the past 2 months, Westport officials have worked hard to keep us safe. They’ve had to make tough decisions in the best interest of the town. Some of those decisions were unpopular but necessary at the time in order to flatten the curve and keep those at risk safe.
“We need to continue to trust in our elected officials. We understand that life as we know it will be different for the foreseeable future, and that people will need to follow precautions.”
Titled “We trust in our elected officials and people to make the right decision — open Westport!,” Drew’s petition says:
We know it’s an uncertain time but we need to start to go back to a sense of normalcy, opening up our beaches and golf courses will do that.
We understand that we’re not out of the woods yet BUT we want to be able to make our own choice and not have a small percentage of the population speak for the entire town. If you don’t want to go to the beach or golf course and feel unsafe, please stay home. Westport officials have done a great job of managing this crisis and we need to start opening up again with the proper precautions.
Unfortunately this is necessary as another Petition.org was created and has gained signatures even though the majority of the discussion in the Facebook post has been against it.
It’s time to re-open Westport beaches and the golf course.