Officials seek to move pavilion
Bellport officials are looking to get a permit that will allow them to move the pavilion to the high elevation point of 11 feet.

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Officials seek to move pavilion

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
1/17/2019


The Bellport Village board of trustees is weighing options on what to do about the pavilion at Ho Hum Beach. It has been a topic of debate for months, as rapid erosion since the summer season has wiped away virtually all support of the structure and officials aren’t betting that it will survive another major storm. At the work session for the board on Monday, village clerk John Kocay presented the final list of options recommended by the village’s waterfront engineer. 

The board decided Monday, after a thorough discussion, to seek a permit to move the pavilion to the high elevation point, halfway between Burma Road and the bay. Mayor Ray Fell said the process could take weeks or months, and once received, the village would seek funding from the federal government with help from congressman Lee Zeldin’s office. The board is simply exploring this option, and has not made a final determination. 

Three of the options all call for a relocation of the pavilion closer to Bellport Bay. One option moves it close to what is referred to as Burma Road, which is also the lowest point of the current walkway that leads to the pavilion. The one contractor who said he could move the pavilion roughly estimated the cost at $320,000. Another option is to move it to the highest elevation point, which is also closer to the bay and sits at 11 feet. The fourth option would be to move it to the bay, just west of the marina facility. Officials discussed the pros and cons of each of these locations, which would change the view and practicality offered by the pavilion.

Another option would be to leave the pavilion in place and reinforce the support underneath. It would be revamped to be more like a pier, with additional support with sand and hardware. There would also be an adjustable ramp on the north side, which would be able to change along with high and low tides to allow safe access to the pavilion. Kocay said this would be the most expensive of the five options.  

The final option discussed was to disassemble the pavilion altogether, with an option to either destroy or salvage the leftover material. Salvaging the material would come at an extra cost. However, officials said there is not much, if any, resale value, but there could be potential value in reusing the materials for other projects. The cost for this operation would be between $40,000 and $60,000. 

The board, however, has not decided to move forward officially on any of these options while considering sources of funding and the estimated cost. The next board meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.