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Village can move pavilion
Bellport Village achieves approval to move pavilion inland, will now fully look into what it would take
The Village of Bellport is now officially allowed to begin the process of moving the pavilion at Ho Hum Beach further inland, after the Department of Environmental Conservation approved their emergency permit request. However, no work can be done until the end of the piping plover season, which restricts any construction to protect the endangered species.
At the board of trustees meeting Monday, officials said they would move into fact-finding mode, where they would look at things like cost, manpower, timing, etc. Each week, the pavilion has slowly moved into the breadth of the Fire Island tides, as the ocean has wiped away almost all of the dunes and removed much of the sand from under the structure. This summer, patrons will be directed off the side of the boardwalk, as the connection to the pavilion was removed due to safety concerns earlier this year.
Also at the meeting
• A new treasurer has been hired for the village, Alexandra McCabe, after current treasurer James Amoroso steps down on July 8. He served the village for over two years. Village clerk John Kocay said McCabe, a CPA, has over six years of municipal accounting experience, has experience in auditing, and worked with an accounting firm before entering government. She will be at the July 20 board of trustees meeting to meet residents.
• Mayor Ray Fell and trustees Bob Rosenberg and Mike Ferrigno were sworn in for their fourth term after the June 18 election. They called on more residents to become involved in the village, as they will need people to pick up the baton after they are term-limited in four years.
• The summer board of trustees meetings will be on Saturdays, July 20 and Aug. 24 at 9 a.m.
Did you know?
July 1 is the deadline to pay village taxes without receiving a penalty. The village reported Monday that only about half of the roll has been collected.
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