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Boaters reminded of rules at cove and islands

Published 1:51 pm, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Darien Police Department's Marine Division is asking the boating community to abide by the rules at Ziegler's Cove and Fish Island.

Ziegler's Cove is a popular boating destination because of its scenic shoreline and deep water anchorage, which attract yachts from all over Fairfield County and Long Island, according to a news release from the department.

There are also two islands within the cove, Ned's and the smaller, rockier Pine. The shoreline of the cove is a mixture of steep granite bluffs, marsh and coarse sand beaches. The shoreline is privately owned and there is no public access to the shore.

Another attraction for boaters is nearby Fish Island and the islands surrounding it -- which are marked "private property" and belong to a residence located on Contentment Island Road in the Tokeneke section of Darien. All boaters are prohibited from venturing above the "mean high water line," which typically runs 3 to 5 feet below the visible "scum" or water line of the most recent high tide.

Violators are subject to a $92 fine for simple trespass.

The following ordinances, statutes and restrictions apply:

No more than three boats may raft together on one mooring or anchor at any time in Darien waters. Violators are subject to $49 fine.

Littering is an infraction carrying a $219 fine.

No person shall operate a motorboat while leaving a wake within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel or in any posted "no wake zone." In addition, speeding or skiing in confined or restricted areas can also be construed as reckless or negligent operation.