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Town Supervisor says changes coming to Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park

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Jonathon Diggins loves casting a line out at Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park.

“Fishing here, I’ve caught a few good size trout out of it,” Diggins said.

But his favorite fishing spot could soon see a lot more traffic.

The Irondequoit Town Board voted ‘yes’ Tuesday to an agreement with the state that will allow the town to operate the park and make some changes.

“I want to give people stuff to do i want people walking down here i want people having fun down here.”

Town supervisor Dave Seeley said they hope to add paddle boats, maybe even cabins and a boardwalk.

Seeley said parking in the area will change too and that’s something that discouraged a lot of visitors before.

“Our system will be a machine now, so you’ll get a ticket there. There used to be someone here collecting cash, [but] now we’ll have it more like the parking downtown; you put the card in and get your ticket,” Seeley said.

But some regulars are the park are not fans of potentially more visitors.

“Just leave it the way it is,” Chris Conway said. “Extra traffic is just asking for more trouble. Any place you open something up, you have situations.”

“One thing now that we operate it, we’ll have more control over traffic,” Seeley said. “We always want to find a healthy balance between the commercial recreational interest and our homeowners.”

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