Town of Branford Ordinance
Part II, General Legislation,126-1
Subsection B & C
No vessel wholly or partially propelled by power, but
not limited to any vessel commonly known as a "jet ski" shall be
operated upon the territorial waters of the Town of Branford set forth
in subsections A, B, C and D a speed greater than that specified below:
B) Branford Harbor, a "slow no wake
zone" shall exist in the inner harbor area as defined by all waters
north of a line from Indian Neck Point to Lovers island.
C) A "slow no wake zone"
shall exist in all tidal marshes, marsh channels and estuaries within
the Town of Branford.
Stony Creek, 6 mph in the established
channel from the reef extension of Linden Point northward to include the
town dock, public boat launch area, bathing and dredged turn basin.
All shores, 6
mph within 100 yards of any shore.
Launch: Turn south
off Rte. 1 onto Rte. 142 (Short Beach Road), then left on Stannard Ave.
to Goodsell Point Rd. Crowded on weekends, steep ramp. Parking:50 cars.
The Branford Harbormaster
jurisdiction runs from the Farm River in East Haven to
Bear Island in the Thimble Islands and ends at the
Guilford town line near Sachem Head. Branford Harbormaster
has jurisdiction for approximately 20 miles of shore line
,the largest in Connecticut. The Branford river and
Branford Harbor alone has 13 Yacht clubs and Marinas,
1,456 boat slips and 65 Moorings. The Branford
Harbormaster has over 300 permitted moorings in his
Branford Harbormaster is mostly a volunteer position and
is supported with a deputy Harbormaster.
Duties of the Harbormaster
and harbors along the Connecticut coast, and especially in the
towns where the mix of water uses is most diverse, State
Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters have
a distinct and essential
role for ensuring public safety and managing our waterways in
the public interest. Theirs is the job of maintaining an orderly
haven where all vessels, including commercial fishing boats,
tugs and barges, recreational sail and power boats, ferries and
excursion vessels, ocean-going ships, and even small,
non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks, may coexist in
safety and harmony.
Connecticut Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters
are appointed by the Governor in accordance with Sec. 15-1 of
the Connecticut General Statutes. This section provides for
three-year terms of appointment that may be extended until a
successor is appointed. Sec. 15-1 also specifies that
Harbormasters are responsible for the general care and
supervision of the harbors and navigable waterways over which
they have jurisdiction; that they are subject to the direction
and control of the Commissioner of Transportation; and that they
are responsible to the Commissioner for the safe and efficient
operation of such harbors and waterways in accordance with other
provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes.
39 appointed Harbormasters serving 39 municipalities along the
Connecticut shoreline on Long Island Sound and the major rivers
that flow into the Sound;. Included are such diverse areas as
the ports of Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London, recreational
and commercial harbors such as Southport, Branford, and Chester,
and urban riverfronts at Middletown, Hartford, and Norwich.
Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters work closely with a
number of Federal, State, and local agencies, including the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), U.S. Coast Guard, Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP and local police and
fire departments. The State agency with administrative authority
over the Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters is the
Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT).
The powers and
duties of the Harbor Masters and Deputy Harbormasters are
established in the Connecticut General Statutes, including
Sections 15-1 through 15-9 and other sections. One important
responsibility is keeping navigation channels and established
fairways clear of obstructions. Harbormasters and Deputy
Harbormasters are also empowered to enforce the provisions of
the Connecticut General Statutes concerning removal of abandoned
and derelict vessels, including Sec. 15-11a and 15-140c.
assignment of boat mooring locations and administration of
mooring permits is a primary function of the Harbormaster's
office. It may also be one of the most difficult, since the
demand for mooring locations in State waters has grown over the
years while the number of vessels most harbors can accommodate
is fairly well fixed. Experience shows it is important to
establish that, unlike anchoring, mooring a vessel in State
waters is a privilege, not a right.
Corps is the primary agency for granting Federal approval of
mooring locations and has delegated to the Harbormaster approval
authority for the installation of individual, noncommercial
moorings. Section 15-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes gives
the Harbormaster authority to assign mooring locations and
require all mooring users to apply for mooring permits.
summary, Connecticut's Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters
are dedicated officials who strive to perform their statutory
duties for the care and supervision of the State's diverse
harbors and waterways in the public interest and with the
highest level of professionalism. The DOT's Bureau of Aviation
and Ports provides information and other assistance to the
Harbormasters and Deputy Harbormasters and describes some of the
basic attributes required for these important positions: a
Harbormaster should be familiar with the local area, its people,
and its waters; be skilled in the arts of boat and mooring
seamanship; and be a person who can be relied on to uphold
regulations in a fair, even-handed manner with an appreciation
of the public trust.