Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. represents Stratford Land Development Company Inc., which many years ago was denied a permit by the State of Connecticut to build a new commercial harbor as well as a large marina at a 612-acre site along the Long Island Sound just east of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Following the denial, Stratford retained the Firm to represent the company in state court, and to assist it in revising the proposed project to secure the necessary permits.
Following extensive negotiations with the state and federal Fish and Wildlife Service, Beveridge & Diamond helped broker an arrangement which took into account both the reasonable development rights of the property owner, as well as the state and federal government's desire to preserve and protect one of the largest tracts of undeveloped tidal wetlands in the region.
This arrangement, which now has been finalized, involved the sale by Stratford Land Development Company to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of 440 acres of high-quality tidal wetlands for a wildlife refuge. Stratford agreed to conduct 42 acres of wetlands mitigation and limit construction of its commercial development to approximately 1 million square feet of mixed commercial uses on 76 acres. The company withdrew its proposed industrial marina proposal, and its commercial development project now has been granted all necessary approvals. Construction and wetlands mitigation are currently underway.