Bed-and-breakfast to open in Bay Shore

The area now known as Bay Shore was The area now known as Bay Shore was purchased from the Secatogue tribe in the early 18th century by John Mowbray. He paid the tribe in eel spears, according to local historians. The area was called by various names: first Penataquit, then Awixa, then Mechanicsville and back to Penataquit before it officially became Bay Shore in 1868. (Feb. 4, 2011) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

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A zone change the Islip Town Board approved Tuesday will pave the way for Bay Shore's only bed-and-breakfast.

The board voted 5-0 to change the zone on a historic 13-bedroom mansion south of Gibson Street on Ocean Avenue from Residence AA to Planned Landmark Preservation District. Owners plan to transform the stately home, which abuts a canal and will have up to 18 marina slips, into a quaint B&B. It was not clear Tuesday what it will be called, when it will open or what customers will be charged.

Handfuls of Bay Shore residents and community leaders spoke in favor of the zone change, describing it as a tasteful fit for the South Shore village's revitalized downtown.

"This is how most people envision an elegant, upscale, waterside community," said Donna Perricone, president of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce. "This is an amenity the Town of Islip and all of its residents have long been waiting for."

Planning Commissioner Dave Genaway described the Planned Landmark Preservation District as a "really potent form of regulation" to protect and preserve historic properties. "If the PLP is overlaid over a piece of property, it really provides extraordinary protections and permit requirements even for simple changes," he said.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a pair of contracts for a new two-tunnel passenger boarding bridge and a lease agreement for a Long Island-themed store at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

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The board OKd spending $359,635 in passenger facility charges to purchase and install from Ameribridge LLC a remanufactured boarding bridge. Officials from Indianapolis-based Ameribridge could not be reached for comment.

Supervisor Tom Croci said the purchase was "certainly good news -- that means there are more passengers coming."

The board also approved a tentative agreement for a five-year lease with Riverhead-based Atlantis Holdings LLC for the operation and management of a retail store in the airport's main terminal. A spokesman at Atlantis could not be reached for comment.

Airport Commissioner Robert Schaefer said Atlantis will pay the airport $5,000 annually in rent and has agreed to profit-sharing. If they make up to $250,000 in the retail store, Atlantis will give the airport 1.5 percent of their gross income, a figure which would increase with revenues over $250,000.

Schaefer said Atlantis also plans to build a 6-foot mini-aquarium in the airport.

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