- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2005

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Leonard Lowy and his wife bought a cottage on Blue Lake in 1972 as a vacation getaway. They made it their home 20 years later.

But living in the idyllic spot 12 months a year is six too many, according to a regulation designed to reduce the environmental impact of waterfront cottages with poor septic systems built close together.

The Lowys and at least nine other families didn’t know they were running afoul of the 1964 so-called “seasonal use” regulation until last year, when this town near the Rhode Island border hired a new zoning officer.

They were shocked when the town told them they had 10 days to find somewhere else to spend six months of the year.

“I lived all my life in an apartment in New York City,” Mr. Lowy, 75, said. “What did I know about ‘seasonal use’?”

William Egner, who has lived on the lake full time for 28 years, filed an appeal last week in New London Superior Court, asking a judge to tell the zoning board not to enforce the regulation.

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