The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946


The President’s Message Summer 2017

Dear Fort Salonga Neighbors,

When our community gave myself and the board a vote of confidence at our January election, I pledged that we would work to represent the entire community across a wide spectrum of issues. In this Summer issue I believe you will see that we are working hard to fulfill that commitment.

The issue of most interest was, and remains, the proposed development of the Indian Hills Country Club. The proposal to retain the golf course and permit cluster zoning while preserving the one acre overall yield was , we believe,  in the best interests of our community.  I, and a number of residents attended the July 26th Huntington Planning Board meeting. The number of units proposed was reduced to 98 and the guest cottages were eliminated. The application was approved. This, I feel, is a positive outcome and a victory for the community. An environmental study will follow which will allow the entire community to provide additional input. We will notify you when these meetings are scheduled.

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Huntington Affairs

On July 26 the Planning Board passed a resolution to accept a yield map for Indian Hills Country Club which shows 98 residential units and one 5.8 acre club house site under the current R-40 zone. This number is before the SEQRA process, roads etc. The next step in the process is for site plan review and SEQRA.

Update on Brenna Estates: we are waiting for the next submission by the applicant of an acceptable yield map. This will be presented at a future Planning Board meeting.

The requested variances for the shopping center on Rinaldo Rd & 25A (southeast corner) requested by the 1014 Holding Company is status quo. We are waiting for the results from the last ZBA meeting.


Agenda for Planning Board Meeting 7/26/17

Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s Huntington Planning Board Meeting:



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HEARING POSTPONED: TOH Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

NOTE: THIS ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED. The FSA will post the new hearing time to the website when it is announced. 


Fort Salonga residents are encouraged to attend the Town of Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on March 30 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall – Town Board Room (104) – 100 Main St., Huntington.

To be discussed are proposed special use permits and variances for the shopping center property on the corner of 25A and Rinaldo. Being considered is zoning for a convenience store and bistro zoning. 

In summary:
“The applicant is proposing to establish a 2,400 square foot convenience store in the existing structure, to allow the current food shops on the property to be considered bistros and allow alcohol sales, and to provide 600 square feet of outdoor seating for any food shops/bistros on the property.

 “The proposal will require a special use permit, relief from condition(s) of the special use permit and variances pursuant to the Huntington Town Code.”

FSA Board members will attend and voice concerns. We encourage all members who are concerned to attend.


Makamah Geisler’s Beach Improvements

I have lived in the beautiful hamlet of Fort Salonga for seven years, and I refer to Makamah Beach as just that. It is, however, also known as Geisler’s Beach to those who have lived here for much longer. It is one and the same.

Donated bench

FSA directors Bill Berg and Joe Stolfi with the new bench at Makamah Geisler’s Beach, donated by members of the FSA.

The past year has seen many improvements to the beach’s parking area. These improvements were done by the Town of Huntington, and are almost complete. There is some cleanup required to the left as you enter through the gate — reseeding of the grassed area and some moving of the stone slabs on the beach. Working on the beach is very delicate due to the D.E.C. not allowing too much moving around of the existing stone, sand, and boulders.

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The President’s Message: Summer 2014

Dear Neighbor,

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailBikerides… sleepovers… swimming… bunnies… horseshoes… tennis… orioles… osprey… flowers… home-grown veggies… turtles crossing Fresh Pond Road to lay their eggs by the golf course. I do like this place in the summer! Then again, the other three seasons always bring a smile.

I’m writing following our midsummer directors meeting—always an evening of lively conversation focused on the interests of the good folks in Fort Salonga. There are a number of areas for current attention. Kindly, consider them as you think about our hamlet. Read More


Northport Power Plant and the Huntington Tax Certiorari Lawsuit

A few year back LIPA announced a lawsuit to decrease the taxes it pays to the Town of Huntington and the Northport-East Northport School District. This lead to counter suits by the town and district, and an ill conceived Albany deal during the 2013 budget cycle to raise taxes throughout Huntington so as to provide relief for LIPA. Read More


Roads & Highways Spring 2014 Update

Our town highway departments have been hard at work repairing potholes from our horrific winter which played havoc with our roads. The FSA recently met with town highway superintendents Pete Gunther and Glenn Jorgensen to discuss our pothole crisis and also to discuss efforts to resolve responsibility for Bread and Cheese. A recent lawsuit by the Town of Huntington has resulted in Suffolk County assuming responsibility for this heavily trafficked road. While this decision is being contested by the county, both the county and Smithtown Highway are collaborating on maintenance of the road and road related issues. We are also working with Huntington to provide litter removal on the west side where there are fewer homeowners to police their property.

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Annual Spring Brunch, A Beautiful Afternoon

Seal and Brunch 2014 054April 27 was a warm and sunny day for our Annual FSA Spring Brunch at Indian Hills Country Club. It was a welcome pleasure after the long, cold winter. We had an exceptional turnout this year, with over 140 people in attendance, nearly reaching the capacity of the Indian Hills Country Club banquet hall.

Thank you to the Grace Music School for kicking off the event by providing their very talented string quartet for our musical enjoyment. After a beautiful debut performance at our 2013 brunch, we were privileged to have them return again this year. After dining on a delicious brunch, FSA President, Paul Graf, began the program with some “Facts from the Fort”. A game where the questions were well researched also the answers were not! Those who had brushed up on their local history and answered correctly were awarded with a Fort Salonga memento.

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Crab Meadow Watershed Stewardship Plan Meeting, 2/26, 7-9 p.m., Northport Public Library

The town of Huntington has received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to draft a stewardship plan for the Crab Meadow Watershed.

The Crab Meadow Watershed area extends from Fresh Pond on the east to Soundview Park on the west, which is where the National Grid plant is located. It extends south all the way up to Bellerose Avenue and includes the Iroquois right of way and numerous town and county parks. The parks in Fort Salonga include: Geislers Beach, Makamah Preserve, Meadowlark Park, and the VA complex.

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