Concerns over the loss of tower also focus on safety

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As per my letter to the editor in the April 11 edition, I was so overwhelmed by the loss of the coastal watch tower to Greenwich Point that I incorrectly labeled the Old Range Finder that my father had commented to me about in 1956 as Sonar.

Back then, I saw the importance of this to my father as we were showed the tower. His wartime existence seemed to reflect in his comments about the tower and the reinstallation of some of the “original observational instruments.”

I was very young but was really moved by his manner and I know he would be laughing at my stating sonar instead of range finder.

I can’t stress enough how this tower appealed to my father, for it symbolized the home front to him. I still am in shock at its loss and will be now pained to travel the Tod’s Driftway and causeway because it’s gone. I can’t imagine looking northward down the beach at low tide and not seeing the tower.

The tower was last a GPD Substation started under the command of the late Chief Peter Robbins. I proposed to him and the then head of Parks & Recreation Frank Keegan that a park police/ranger force be started and I have complained on and off since 1992 how there should be a steady police presence at the Point. I even ran in 2003 for first  selectman because of my concern for public safety.

Now I find it outrageous that our town police commissioner signed off on dismantling the tower.

The coastal watch tower not only had full sight of the water, it had a full commanding view of the most used part of Greenwich Point.


Jim Reilly

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