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Daunis ROW meeting 11/19/08

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There will be a meeting to debate the proposed no parking ordinance at Daunis ROW on November 19th at 7:30 PM in the Barrington Library auditorium.

It is imperative that RI fisherman, ESPECIALLY Barrington residents attend this meeting or at the very least send a letter expressing your views to the Barrington Town Council c/o Barrington Town Hall. RISAA member David Burns will be contacting Barrington RISAA members but if you fish you need to be there. Ask your spouse, SO to go with you. We need a huge turnout to make our case. No turnout = no fishing there Guaranteed!

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i'll be there...seems the perp now claims the row is on her property...she had it re-surveyed, like these results should be taken as gospel headscratch.gif . what really gets me is crmc slowly backing away from this issue...i think that this president of giving towns juristiction over state row's is a very scary situation. i'm sure other dh's are watching closely..

"A GAMEFISH (which striped bass should be) Is too valuable to be caught only once"...Lee Wulff


When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty" - Thomas Jefferson


"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Most dangerous words in the English language...Ronald Reagan

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Send written correspondence to:






Barrington Town Council

Barrington Town Hall

County Road

Barrington, RI 02806


Here is an email I received from Mr. Moeller of RISAA


RISAA's Public Access Committee has been monitoring the Daunis Right of Way (ROW) in Barrington for several years now. Committee members David Byrnes and Lou DeIorio have put in a lot of their personal time keeping an eye of the ROW, picking up trash, and attending public meetings that would have any effect on the usage of the ROW.


We are now at a crisis situation. Neighbors to the ROW, who have never wanted public parking there to begin with, have made enough "bogus complaints" to the Town about the ROW that the Town Council now has a proposed ordinance drawn to limit the times for parking. (There are only 2 spaces.)


I am asking all concerned anglers and members of the public, especially residents of the Town of Barrington, to show up on November 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Barrington Public Library to oppose any parking restrictions for the Daunis ROW. The proposed ordinance announcement is below. Keep in mind that CRMC designated public access locations are supposed to be open and accessible to the public 24/7. I also find it curious that Haines Park, a 73 acre State Park, will have a sunset to sunrise curfew as well per the ordinance. State parking areas are supposed to be open to anglers 24/7 per DEM enforcement officials that have been questioned on this previously by Steve Medeiros himself.


Bob Moeller, Chairman

RISAA Public Access Committee







The Town Council of Barrington hereby ordains that the Code of the Town of Barrington

be amended as follows:

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§ 179-9. Parking or standing in recreation areas.

A. No person being the owner, operator or person in control of any motor vehicle shall,

during the following hours, park or stand, or permit his vehicle to be parked or standing, in any

of the following recreation areas in the Town of Barrington:

Recreation Area Hours

Barrington Beach 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Daunis right-of-way 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Haines Park Sunset to sunrise

Haines Park Road, north side, from Washington Road to Sunrise to sunset

Metropolitan Park Drive Sunset to sunrise

Knockum Hill Farm Sunset to sunrise

Latham Park 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Osamequin Nature Preserve Sunset to sunrise

Peck Playground Sunset to sunrise

Richard E. Currier Park Sunset to sunrise

Veterans Park Sunset to sunrise

Walker Farm Sunset to sunrise

B. Any person violating this section shall upon conviction hereof, be fined in an amount not

exceeding $25. A person charged with violating this section may pay the fine in the manner

provided in §179-16 hereof.

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This is effective upon passage.

Council Member

Filed: October 17, 2008

Introduced: November 3, 2008


Vote: Yes


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Below is a letter I sent to the Barrington Town Council. Please feel free to plagiarize it, Their email address is: towncouncil@barrington.ri.gov


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am a taxpayer, an active citizen in the town, and a lifelong fisherman. As such, I believe I have the right to vigorously protest the ordinance being discussed tonight to ban parking in the two designated, and R.I Court validated, parking spaces at Daunis ROW. This ordinance is a response to ONE taxpayer's attempt at a land grab. The evidence in support of this charge is clear. The Barrington COP testified that ALL the many complaint calls his department has received have come from her telephone, secondly, the substance abuse councilor for Barrington HS has testified that that area is NOT considered by her or the COP to be a site of habitual teenage drinking. This blatant attempt to reverse a legal right-of-way is simply for this woman's benefit.


My son caught his first Striped Bass from the surf at that beach at 4:00 A.M. Many other fishermen from Barrington and surrounding communities need 24 hour access to this beach in order to enjoy their legal right to fish for Striped Bass DURING the nighttime hours when those fish are catchable from shore. Many fisherman do not have the luxury of owning boats, that we may fish from them at all hours of day and night. For others, this is the way they have practices their craft all their lives, in some cases this ROW is being used by the third generation of Barrington fisherman.


The testimony you will hear from others residence of the Nayatt Point area is in most cases without merit. These people are neither within the sight lines of this ROW or within hearing distance. At the first hearing I attended, one of the residents, who testified against the ROW, actually lived across the street from the R.I. Country Club! It boggles my mind that he is impacted by night time activity that occurs ¼ of a mile away from his front door.


Please respect the wishes of the many Barrington fisherman who use this ROW and defeat this ordinance once and for all.



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here's mine,


to whom it may concern,

being both a barrington resident and an avid fisherman it

greatly disturbs me to know that you are considering § 179-9. Parking or

standing in recreation areas.


i am fully aware of the danus row situation as i have fished there for years

and have been harassed by mrs. sartor on numerous ocassions over the years. whose idea was it to tie in the haines park area as well? this is the best boat ramp in the area by far and is used by fishermen at night. as you should be aware striped bass fishermen fish mainly during the evening hours. we also contribute large amounts of $$ to our states economy- and vote.


it's hard to believe that mrs. sartor's personal vendetta has come to this and that intelligent people are buying into this. have any ever used this row or

observed it?


i know that the council is well aware of mrs sartor's claims over the years, but just to review a few:

-screaming at people to leave the area

-leaving notes on cars

-taking photos of fishermen

-threatening to call the police

-wasting the valuable time of our police dept. with over 50 baseless calls

-now claiming that the row is on her property


it is obvious that this woman is grasping at straws and will stop at nothing to get her way,


as far as a city or town having juristiction over a state

right of way...wow. this is a dangerous precedent that can affect residents

thru-out the state. i trust the that crmc, dem, won't stand by and let this happen. we have far too little public access areas and this

potentional set of constraints will even further limit this.



don guimelli

"A GAMEFISH (which striped bass should be) Is too valuable to be caught only once"...Lee Wulff


When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty" - Thomas Jefferson


"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Most dangerous words in the English language...Ronald Reagan

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