- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A land conservancy is negotiating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add the Sandy Point Nature Preserve to Connecticut’s Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

The island, which is popular with recreational boaters and bathers, is in Rhode Island and Connecticut between Fishers Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay.

The Day reports (https://bit.ly/1zR6RP4 ) that Michele Fitzpatrick, president of Avalonia Land Conservancy, says the deal is not wrapped up. The conservancy owns the island.

Fitzpatrick said Avalonia’s board voted to have the Fish and Wildlife Service manage Sandy Point and enforce regulations.

Island prohibitions include camping, dogs, beach fires and visitors must keep a distance from nesting birds.

The refuge was established in 1972 and named in 1978 for the late Connecticut Rep. Stewart B. McKinney, who helped expand it.

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Information from: The Day, https://www.theday.com

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