May 22nd Update from the First Selectman

First and foremost, I want to thank all our Veterans for their service to our country. Memorial Day is a time to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the United States a free and just society. Please keep our fallen heroes in your thoughts this Memorial Day weekend, even though there will be no Memorial Day Parade on Monday. We are so grateful for their sacrifices.

Tomorrow, May 23rd, the public beaches in Old Lyme will open and the hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Town parking lot and the permitted lots will be limited to 50% capacity and the number of people on the beaches will be limited to provide for proper social distancing. There will be police and rangers ensuring that the social distancing protocols are being followed. I encourage beach goers to be cautious, responsible, and patient. Please review the Beach Rules on the Town’s website and let’s work together to make this an enjoyable weekend for everyone.

In other news, the Board of Finance passed the Town budget this past Monday. You can view the final budget here. The Economic Development Commission released a message for local business owners that you can view here and the Halls Road Improvement Committee published a detailed overview of its work and goals that can be viewed here.

The Town Clerk’s office posted an update about dog licenses, absentee ballots, and other items that can be found here. If you need a beach parking pass you can find that information on our website here. A special thank you to my staff who have been working tirelessly to process and mail out the beach parking passes as fast as possible.

Lastly, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School band released a version of Taps to share with the town and local Veterans. Please enjoy the video on our YouTube channel.

Have a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day weekend while following CDC protocols for hand washing and social distancing.

-Timothy Griswold, First Selectman