With baskets of candy-filled eggs and all our rabbits in a row, we hopped our way to Callahan’s Beach for the Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year, the Easter holiday landed early on the calendar, so our hunt was set for the third week in March. The morning air was certainly a bit nippy. As cold wind gusts whipped through the Long Island Sound, lashing out at us, we gingerly placed more than twenty-five hundred eggs across the entire upper field. By the time the task was complete, we forgot about the cold and thanked Mother Nature for the beautiful sunshine, without precipitation. Heaven knows, white snow or cold rain do not make a good egg hunt.
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Comment: I have been a resident in my Fort Salonga home for many years, however my address label continues to have the statement “Or Current Resident.” Why is this necessary?
Response: We understand how frustrating it is to have been in the same home for many years and to have your address label have the statement “Or Current Resident.” There are two reasons why this is necessary. First, and most important, if the postal delivery person knows the homeowner whose name on the label no longer lives at that address, he or she will not deliver the mail and it is returned to the post office. This prevents the current homeowner from receiving our correspondence and does not give them the opportunity to join the Association. Second, there is the unwelcome surprise of paying the postage on the return mail.
It was a great day for the Irish. On March 3, 2013, the Fort Salonga Association participated in the annual Kings Park Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. A grand time was had by everyone as a multitude of marching bands and community organizations paraded before an enthusiastic crowd lining the sidewalks of Kings Park. We look forward to this wonderful event again next year.
Fresh Pond finally froze as the snow continues to come and go this winter. Happy New Year! I hope that 2013 will be a brilliant year for you and your family. The work of our organization continues as the Fort Salonga Association remains a viable force in this our 67th year of community representation. In this edition of our newsletter we will apprise you of the many initiatives that our board is currently pursuing.
Each year the FSA holds our annual meeting at year-end to nominate and vote on Officers and Directors for the following year(s). Officers serve for one year and Directors for three. Ken Kraska placed the following Officer nominations before the membership: President Paul Graf, Vice President Frank Capaccio, Treasurer Paul Naumann, and Secretary Sera Liebowitz. The following nominations were made for the Board of Directors for a three-year period: Antonio Geraci, Frank Konop, and Paul Zacher. No additional nominations were advanced and the nominations were unanimously confirmed.
We followed a Town Hall format at the November 28th meeting in which individual Directors reviewed issues relevant to their areas of responsibility.
The Smithtown Planning Board postponed the hearing scheduled for September 5, 2012, considering a request to change the zoning to Heavy Industry on several pieces of property in the Industrial area located along the south boarder of the Fort Salonga community. A Planning Board hearing to consider this request may now occur in the spring of 2013.
See the following links for information on this zoning change.
Fort Salonga Road has a large number of old trees that abut the roads and present a potential hazard should they fall.
The N.Y. State Department of Transportation will inspect any specific tree that a resident feels is a danger. The FSA suggests that if you have such a tree on or near your property please call Mr. Lou Farini at N.Y. State DOT at 385-7261 to request an inspection.
It has been more than ten years since the Kings Park Psychiatric Center closed its doors and the outcome of this property is still up in the air. The following is a history of this property-
1885: An asylum owned by Kings County opens to treat the mentally ill.
1895: It becomes state-owned.
1954: Center’s population reaches about 9,300 patients and staff, but new therapies result in declining population through early 1990s.
1996: Center closes; small number of patients and staff remain on site.
1999: Governor Pataki carves out 153 acres to become Nissequogue River State Park.
March 2000: The State puts property up for sale. Officials say cleanup could cost $50-$60 million.
May 2003: Lamb Acquisitions LLC wins bid to buy property for $7.5 million for mixed-use development.
June 2004: Lamb pulls out. Erickson Retirement Community wins bid for $7.12 million with plans for 1,500 senior housing units.
October 2004: Erickson pulls out.
December. 2004: Cherokee Arker signs $6.5 million agreement to purchase land to build up to 1,800 housing units.
January 2006: After much community opposition, The State’s Empire State Development Corp. pulls out of the deal with Cherokee Arker, which files suit a month later. The lower court upholds the State’s actions, and this decision is presently on appeal.
April 2006: State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) secures $25 million for cleanup.
December 2006: The State agrees to transfer the property to the State Parks Department, adding 368 acres to Nissequogue River State Park. This not only protects the environment, protects the community from high density housing, but also saves the nearly one million dollars the State pays to the Kings Park School District.
January 2007: The Spitzer Administration questions the creation of parkland and has yet to commit to this newly created park.
November 2010: A study was completed by Dvirka and Bartilucci, Consulting Engineers (D&B) at a cost of $3.6 million. It was determined that the cost of remediating the environmental concerns on the 368 acres would be $215 million. This amount included the cost to; remove asbestos and other hazardous materials; to demolish the existing fifty-seven (57) buildings; the remediating of asbestos and demolishing the five (5) miles of underground tunnels that criss-cross the property; the cleanup of thirty-eight (38) debris piles containing waste material dumped on the surface or buried before the property was transferred to the Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP.)
The next step in the process has yet to be determined mainly due to the new administration recently elected into office.
A beach erosion study commissioned by the Town of Huntington and prepared by Ocean and Coastal Consultants Inc. details historic erosion trends, and attempts to predict future erosion trends in the 2.75 mile long study area. One of the objectives of the study was to develop erosion control recommendations.
Due to the widely varying variety of beach and upland features in the study area Ocean and Coastal Consultants divided the study area into eight different and distinct management zones, five of which are in Fort Salonga. The local study zones run from Fresh Pond Beach on the east to Makamah Beach on the west. They include Fresh Pond Beach, Broken Ground, Geissler’s Beach, Makamah Beach – East, and Makamah Beach – West.
A comparison of the beach width in the Fort Salonga area indicates a dramatic decrease over a fifty year period. The average beach width is approximately 55 feet at present, compared to 130 feet in 1947. The report states that “public use of the beach is currently limited by narrow beach widths in many areas. This trend is expected to become worse, unless additional beach material can be added to the system. An important component of the management program will be replacing sediment lost to the system by bluff and shore protection structures.” A “critical beach erosion problem” exists on the eastern end of Makamah beach, which includes the Huntington town beach. Unless storm protection measures are implemented in this section storm damage to residential properties in this area can be expected.
On a positive note, Ocean and Coastal Consultants stated that the beach nourishment program at Crab Meadow Beach has been a success in providing both public access and shore protection.
The report provides a solid framework for future coordinated erosion control efforts in the study area, and states that “Given the variable land-use (residential, commercial and public) collective coordination of individual stakeholders is a difficult task; however, documentation of the regional shoreline character included in this report is an important first step in unifying the coastal residents.”