Shockingly’ still standing
The Ho Hum pavilion is “shockingly” still standing, according to Bellport village officials, who added that emergency work was recently completed to bring the walkway to the pavilion to safety.
The walkway, which was largely destroyed around the pavilion entrance during the several storms of 2018, became unusable toward the end of summer and closed off. Once the situation got worse, the village decided that it would likely not be used again. Over the weekend, about 50 or so feet of the walkway starting at the pavilion side was removed. Emergency approval was granted from the Fire Island National Seashore to perform the work and transfer materials and equipment across the beach from Davis Park. Work was completed by the Department of Public Works and leader Jason Crane, which saved the village some money, as quotes for the project came in around $60,000 or more. Most of the recovered material was unusable except for the support poles, which may be sold or donated to an interested entity.
The pavilion is still standing, despite its support poles being more and more exposed as time goes on and its sand base depleting with each high tide. The village is still waiting on permit approval from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for the additional work that needs to be done, including the several options devised by the board to deal with the pavilion. Depending on cost and DEC input, it will either be moved, reconstructed or dismantled completely. Also, according to deputy mayor Joseph Gagliano, the entrance and exit of Ho Hum Beach will be altered due to safety concerns and will be different than usual. As the permit process continues, there are no concrete plans set in place yet.
Also at the meeting
A public hearing for the 2019-2020 budget was set for Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, where residents will have a chance to voice their opinions about the upcoming budget before being adopted by the board. The budget will not pierce the tax cap, so the tentative public hearing set for that was removed from the calendar. Copies of the budget are available at Village Hall and in-depth coverage of what is being proposed will be in forthcoming editions of the Advance.
The board also approved some rate increases for village amenities that will become effective this summer, all of which apply to guests only. Ferry rates will be $15 for adults and $13 for children on weekdays, and $17 for adults and $15 for children on weekends. The 10-ticket booklet will be $130 and a guest ID card will be $400, down from last year’s $500.
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