As a March storm lashed Shelter Island with wind-driven rain, John Needham noted an ominous sight — water lapping at his shop door at Coecles Harbor Marina.
Mr. Needham, who has spent almost his whole working life on the harbor, had an immediate thought; “It’s in all of our interests that protection is maintained.”
He was speaking about Reel Point — that spit of land jutting from the southern tip of Big Ram Island, a natural barrier that once guarded Coecles Harbor and the homes and businesses that line its shore from high seas and destructive storms. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Marine contractor Jack Costello listened Monday evening to Waterways Management Advisory Committee members debate the merits of his client, Zach Vella, bringing a large boat to Dering Harbor waters near the Shelter Island Yacht Club.
Just when marine contractor Jack Costello thought he was home free with an alternative plan for a dock in Dering Harbor near the Shelter Island Yacht Club, hope vanished Monday night. (more…)
BEVERELA WALZ PHOTO Scallopers on Coecles Harbor. Concerns are on the rise about the quality of ground and surface waters.
CORRECTION: Mr. Colligan’s words are with respect to owners of properties who are making major changes involving at least 50 percent of their structures and to those building new structures on the Island. Developers of most new construction in recent years have indicated a voluntary plan to use upgraded septic systems.
A Shelter Island Town Board member predicted Monday night that with aged septic systems here could be mandated to replace them within 18 months. (more…)
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Dredging at Reel Point in 2013 provided only a temporary solution to saving the spit of land that juts into Coecles Harbor.
While town officials await a plan for saving Reel Point, Suffolk County has completed the latest dredging of the area. (more…)
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Richard Hogan, owner and developer of the development of St. Gabriel’s property.
As expected, the Zoning Board of Appeals last week broke a logjam in the process holding up the housing development on the former St. Gabriel’s land, allowing for the construction of two community buildings. (more…)