The landmark Long Wharf in Sag Harbor is changing hands.
The Suffolk County Legislature, in its last meeting of the year Tuesday, unanimously approved the transfer of the scenic event space and parking strip to the village, saying its upkeep had become too costly.
County officials say they spend $100,000 annually to maintain and upgrade the .15-mile dock -- classified as a county road -- and would need $800,000 to fix the bulkhead.
While the site generates revenue from boat-docking fees and a new ferry service operating from there, Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) said it remains a loss for the county.
"I'm happy the village is willing to take it," he said.
Built as a railroad spur in the late 19th century, Long Wharf is the shortest county road. Lawmakers rejected a proposal to transfer ownership several years ago, on the hopes the site could bring in more than $60,000 in yearly revenue.
Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride said the village board has debated whether taking over Long Wharf was fiscally prudent, as the $100,000 in annual capital expenses that the county handled will now be added to the $50,000 a year that Sag Harbor spends on projects such as asphalt painting.
"A hundred thousand a year, with a $1 million budget and a 2 percent tax cap is a problem," Gilbride said. But for the wharf's historical significance and other reasons, "I'm willing to take that problem on," he said.
The village may create a reserve fund for Long Wharf work, but the mayor said consistently finding money for repairs would be "a tough lift."
"Let's move on and see if we can hold our end of the bargain," Gilbride said.
Also Tuesday, county lawmakers approved a bill prohibiting nonprofit agencies that receive county money from selling minors' information to marketers. Suffolk will provide $56 million next year to 298 agencies that provide youth services, and violators risk losing their county contract.
Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said he knew of no specific case that prompted him to sponsor the legislation, but that he'd heard Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) recently express concern that her teenage son was receiving free energy drink samples in the mail due to his connection to a local soccer club.
Anker emphasized that she wasn't accusing the club of selling its roster, and that it was possible companies had gotten their information through a booth at a tournament. "Sports teams are innocent until proven guilty," she said.