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Babylon Village issues ban on storing boats in front yards

Babylon Village Hall in a 2011 photo.

Babylon Village Hall in a 2011 photo. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Babylon Village trustees have approved a ban on boat storage in front yards, but Mayor Ralph Scordino told some concerned residents the law would not be universally enforced.

The residents who spoke included a Cadman Avenue man who said his house is on a corner of that street and has no backyard but “two front yards, basically;” and several more boat owners who said that their backyards are too small to hold boats, which are often pulled out of the water during winter months.

Recreational boating is popular in the village, whose 440 municipal dock slips are usually filled by residents’ vessels. The law will affect about 100 boats stored in front yards now, Scordino said.

“We have some people with two and three boats in the front yard and three cars, one in the driveway and two in the street,” Scordino said in a hearing before trustees passed the measure with a 5-0 vote.

The law is intended to curtail that behavior, he said. As for the Cadman Avenue resident, he said, “Has anyone complained about the boat? I wouldn’t worry about it.”

Trustees on Tuesday also unanimously approved a law ordering landscapers to sweep fertilizer off sidewalks, drains and curbs and forbidding them from sweeping or blowing fertilizer onto village streets. The law is intended to limit nitrogen runoff into the Great South Bay.

Finally, trustees banned hoverboards and “motorized personal transport” devices from the downtown business district and from the Village Gazebo on Main Street. Some of the vehicles are hard to control and threaten pedestrians, Scordino said.

“When we were growing up, we had roller skates, which eventually led to inline skates and scooters,” village attorney Joel Sikowitz said at a hearing for the law. “We had to amend the code to include vehicles which were never in existence years ago.”

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