Crescent Beach in Glen Cove has been closed since 2009 because of contamination by human waste ["Council vote Tuesday on water testing," News, April 18].

Just this past year, a prominent citizen was cited and fined for knowingly diverting his home's waste into the wetlands adjacent to Crescent Beach.

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Many similar Glen Cove properties aren't connected to our municipal waste system. For decades, it has been cheaper for them to use cesspools.

Some of these properties have derelict cesspools. When it rains, they overflow onto public property, contributing to the contamination of Crescent Beach and Long Island Sound.

It is unfair and irresponsible for the city to allow these property owners to pollute our public waters. Are we going to wait like we did with our derelict incinerator until a whole raft of environmental and health groups sues us? It's the responsibility of property owners to maintain and clean up their facilities. In no way should taxpayers be stuck with the bill.

There is a proposal to test the water that runs across the flood plain onto Crescent Beach, at a cost of $100,000. We already know it is polluted. City Council should pass the proposed ordinance that would regulate cesspools and septic systems.

Steve Sloane, Glen Cove