Almost a dozen signs opposing the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club were stolen and discarded in the woods near the intersection of Remington Road and Peaceable Hill Road overnight between Monday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Ridgefield Police Major Stephen Brown said the department has had "four or five incidents" of stolen signs reported from residents over the last week. 

The situation on Remington Road was reported to police Tuesday afternoon, and an officer was dispatched to clear the stolen signs around 1:30 p.m..

"I think last night was a bad night for free speech," said Jeff Hansen of the Peaceable Neighbors Alliance. "We are being bullied by RWC [Ridgefield Winter Club] supporters."

Al Maiorino of Public Strategy Group, the firm hired to handle public relations for the club, said Tuesday that he didn't condone signs being stolen.

"While we all value productive discourse, it’s never appropriate to touch or tamper with any signage on private property," he said. "We don’t do it, and neither should anybody else – a point we make routinely to the hundreds of the RWC’s friends and supporters. Since we submitted the RWC's application to the P&Z, we appreciate the ongoing positive feedback and strong support we’ve gotten from the community.”

Read more of this story in this week's Ridgefield Press.