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Darien Scout Sorts Out Town's Moorings

DARIEN, Conn. – With spring just around the corner, many Darien residents will want to take their boats out onto Long Island Sound. Thanks to the work of Darien Eagle Scout candidate Michael Johnston , more people will be able to place their boats in Darien’s waters this season.

Johnston worked many hours this summer with Darien’s Harbor Master Tom Bell gathering and recording important information about the moorings in Darien’s coves and harbors. Johnston got involved after Bell approached the Boy Scouts about a possible service project.

“Here in Darien we had just moved to an online registration system, and we were looking for a way to capture a lot of information about all of the moorings in our waters,” Bell said. “I’m so pleased Michael was able to help. It would have taken me many months to do what he did in several days late last summer.”

Johnston, an avid boater, went out at high tide and affixed the town’s mooring permit decal on every buoy, then got each vessel’s make, model, boat name, registration number and GPS coordinates and added them to an online database. He also captured information on buoys that didn’t have boats tethered to them, which Bell said was a priority.

“Identifying moorings that are not registered or possibly abandoned may allow those boat owners on our wait lists to take ownership of those moorings.”

Bell said work still needs to be done, but Johnston’s efforts will improve this summer's boating season. “The online system, with this new information in it, will allow easier mooring placements and help reduce our wait lists going forward.”

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