Glen Cove City Council to vote Tuesday on Crescent Beach monitoring plan

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said that officials Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said that officials from the Nassau County health department had told him there is a chance that testing would result in the opening of Crescent Beach, which has been closed for swimming since 2009 because of high bacteria levels. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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The Glen Cove City Council plans to vote Tuesday on a water monitoring program that is necessary before Crescent Beach can reopen.

At a pre-council work session meeting Wednesday night, Mayor Reginald Spinello said he did not want to wait for the formal vote next week, and the majority of the council offered no objection.

But City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti, who raised questions about the proposal and said he was undecided, said after the Wednesday meeting that going ahead without a vote would set a bad precedent.

And Thursday Spinello said in an email the city would wait for the vote. "It is important for the council to hear what the public has to say prior to casting their vote," Spinello wrote.

Spinello said Wednesday officials from the Nassau County health department had told him there is a chance the testing would result in the beach opening. "If we didn't try to open the beach it would be a mistake," Spinello said.

The beach has been closed since 2009 due to high bacteria levels.

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County health department spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain said Thursday the department approved the city's plan, which includes one program to monitor water at the beach and the mouth of a creek that empties into the Long Island Sound for eight weeks at a cost of $63,000. The other program would sample water at five locations in the area and cost about $23,000.

Spinello has said that additional city costs could increase the price tag to $100,000.

Testing by Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers of Woodbury could be halted if early results showed the levels were too high to open the beach.Spinello, an Independence party member, said the long term solution is to build a sewer system in the area, which is home to many mansions and served by septic systems.

Spagnoletti, a Republican, questioned the merits of the testing. "If the long-term solution is to have sewers, to spend $100,000 . . . it's almost wasted money," he said.

Spagnoletti said testing should be done at the individual properties in the area. But Spinello said access to the properties could be problematic.

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