The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Roads and Highways: Speeding Concerns, Maintenance, and More

Residents have reached out to the Association to express concerns regarding the speeding on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road. While the accident rate has declined from when it was nicknamed “Brake and Crash Road,” speeding remains a community concern. The recent repaving of Townline Road has created a smooth glidepath into Bread and Cheese, while the VA expansion and widening of Pulaski Road will contribute additional traffic.

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Huntington Affairs: LIPA Seeks Tax Reduction

There can be no doubt that anyone who pays taxes would like nothing more than to see them reduced. In 2010, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) filed a suit against the Town of Huntington seeking a reduction on the taxes it pays to the Town and the Northport Schools. In the spring of 2013, an agreement was reached in Albany that would:

“eliminate any back taxes the Town owes to LIPA from the date the lawsuit was filed in 2010 to present (currently estimated at $170 million and expected to grow as high as $250 million by October); maintain LIPA’s current $75 million tax payment for at least the next two years; then provide for a gradual reduction of tax payments by LIPA over a 10-year period. This phased-in strategy would resolve the lawsuit, protect the Town from further litigation, significantly limit the financial exposure to taxpayers, and allow the affected entities time to develop a long term strategy that addresses the changes in LIPA tax revenue.” (Source: website of State Sen. John Flanagan.)

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