duBois Beach Frequently Asked Questions
duBois Beach Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Has duBois beach membership changed this year?
A: Yes, it has. The COMO Board of Directors unanimously voted to alter the structure of duBois season passes this year. All are welcome to duBois beach. There is no longer a season pass option under the new fee structure. duBois seasonal beach membership is still offered as an enhancement to COMO membership. We still offer daily passes. They may be purchased for $10 per adult per day and new this year, children 12 and under are free. Daily fees are assessed at the gate.
Q: Why did the rates change?
A: The COMO has managed duBois beach with a fee structure for over 30 years. In an effort to keep up with increasing costs related to staffing certified lifeguards, safety equipment and leasing the property, the COMO had to reevaluate the fee structure of duBois. Beach membership rates have long remained stagnant, not accurately reflecting the cost of managing the beach, which has grown exponentially.
Q: Do I need to become a COMO member to visit the beach?
A: No. We still offer day passes to duBois for adults and only check passes when the beach is staffed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to purchase a season pass to visit duBois, it can only be added to a COMO membership.
Q: How much is it for my family to become a COMO member and purchase a duBois season pass?
A: That depends upon the needs of you and your family. COMO family memberships include two adults in the same household and their dependent children under 21 years of age. The cost of a COMO family membership is $100 and family duBois season add-on is an additional $100.
For individuals who will be attending with their children throughout the season, we recommend an adult COMO membership ($75) and adult duBois season add-on ($50), as children 12 and under may access the beach free of charge.
Q: What are the benefits that I get to enjoy with a COMO membership?
A: Benefits of a COMO membership include the following:
- Access to priority registration
- Discounted rates for all COMO programs
- Waiver of enrollment fees where applicable
- Access to partner privilege programs where applicable
- Access to COMO members-only events
- Discounted facility rentals
- Discounted rates for paddle clinics
- Members add-on options including: tennis membership, seasonal pass to Sandy Point and discounted duBois beach season pass options
Q: If I pay taxes in Stonington, do I receive free entry?
A: No, duBois beach is privately owned property. The non-profit organization who owns the land (Stonington Village Improvement Association) and we (the COMO – another non-profit organization) who lease and manage the property, are not town/government organizations. Membership and daily fees to duBois help to defray the cost of maintenance of the property, safety equipment, staffing of lifeguards and additional upkeep.
Q: Do you offer a senior discount?
A: At this point in time, we do not – but we appreciate the feedback and suggestions for the future!
Q: What if I can’t afford the season pass?
A: The COMO believes in programs that are accessible to all – and we believe in not turning families away due to inability to pay. We offer program scholarships, a discreet and confidential process, for all of our programs and services – including beach passes! Please call our front office at 860.535.2476 to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
Q: Does this structure impact Sandy Point as well?
A: No. Sandy Point Island is managed by US Fish & Wildlife Service and owned by Avalonia. The COMO manages membership on their behalf. Sandy Point season passes may be purchased as a standalone. But for those who add a Sandy Point AND duBois season pass to their COMO membership, will receive their duBois membership at a 50% discount.
Q: I still have questions and/or believe I can provide constructive feedback. Who should I contact?
A: We always appreciate the feedback of the community that we strive so hard to serve. We welcome your questions and your suggestions! Please contact the COMO at 860.535.2476 or feel free to stop by our main building at 28 Cutler Street.