Town of Huntington officials on Monday dedicated the newly reconstructed marina in Halesite.
The $2.5 million rebuilding project included replacing the deteriorated wooden bulkhead with a 370-foot long 37-foot deep bulkhead of epoxy-coated steel, replacing all of the wooden pilings for the 72 boat slips, moving utilities away from the waterfront and elevating them to better withstand storms. The project also included upgrading electric service and adding new security gates to the gangways.
The parking lot was repaved and now has a stormwater “pretreatment” system to lessen suspended solids and direct flow into the harbor. The system uses permeable pavers and two different sizes of stone beneath the pavers to contain and filter stormwater runoff before it gets into the harbor.
A brick path that connects Halesite Park on the north and the town dock on the south. Ten decorative light poles were added along the path as part of the project.
Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said investing in town infrastructure is key to maintaining the quality of life residents expect.
“This is maintaining and supporting a major recreational activity and people expect it,” he said. “If you’re going to have an offering, it has to be done right and maintained.”
The pavers, brick walkway and streetlights were paid for by the Environmental Open Space and Park Fund Advisory Committee. The marina reconstruction was paid from the Town’s capital budget.
Town officials used the marina dedication as an opportunity to discuss boating safety and stepped up patrols with special coordination for the July 4 weekend, which includes fireworks displays at Asharoken and Cove Neck.
The boating speed limit will be set at 5 mph July 4 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in all of Northport Bay and in Huntington Bay south from the line extending from Target Rock to Buoy One in Coast Guard Cove, as well as Long Island Sound from the easternmost section of the Northport Power Plant to the westernmost end of the causeway on Asharoken Avenue. A copy of a map showing the affected areas can be viewed on the Town’s website at huntingtonny.gov.
Law enforcement boats will be located throughout the area, officials said.
Town facilities at Crab Meadow, West Neck/Quentin Sammis and Hobart beaches, and the Soundview Boat Ramp will remain open past sunset. After 5 p.m., entry will be limited to Huntington Town residents on a space available basis. Once the parking lot is full, no additional entry will be allowed and there is the possibility that police will restrict access on roads leading to the facilities, town officials said.