OLD SAYBROOK – First Selectman Carl Fortuna joined opposition to a proposed marijuana dispensary on Route 1, arguing that redevelopment of a vacant building near a difficult intersection and a daycare is a bad location for the business.
Fine Fettle, a Connecticut-based marijuana company is seeking zoning approval to put a dispensary at 233 Boston Post Road, next to an exit for Interstate 95.
The proposal has met opposition at a series of Zoning Commission public hearings, mainly over the location, which locals have said will make a difficult traffic situation worse. Police Chief Michael Spera has repeatedly said he’s concerned with both the location and with bringing a marijuana business into Old Saybrook, which he said would require hiring more police officers to monitor.
At a final public hearing Monday night, Mark McCarthy, one of the owners of the Beach Babies Learning Center at 210 Boston Post Road – a few hundred feet away from the proposed dispensary – urged the Zoning Commission to reject Fine Fettle’s application to use this location.
McCarthy said the dispensary will harm their childcare business, as families won’t want to have their children attend a daycare next to a dispensary. He