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Bellport volunteers take on upgrades at local favorite Mother's Beach

Mother's Beach, off South Howells Point in Bellport,

Mother's Beach, off South Howells Point in Bellport, is being revitalized by the nonprofit Bellport Village Program Fund. The project will be unveiled at a July 5 event at the beach. (June 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Bellport Mayor Will Veitch played in the sand as a kid at Mother’s Beach, and as a father spent time with his own kids there, so he was thrilled to see its continued renovation.

“It’s one of the few places you can go to really enjoy the Great South Bay,” he said. “It’s a beautiful beach and we all love to spend our time there in the summer.”

Located off South Howells Point in Bellport, Mother’s Beach suffered severe erosion after superstorm Sandy and the storm damaged its playground. A group of Bellport Village residents involved in the Bellport Village Fund Program stepped up to renovate and clean the local beach, to be unveiled to residents during a casual event at the beach on July 5.

Flo’s Famous Luncheonette in Blue Point is catering the unveiling from 4-6 p.m., said Michael Foster, director of the Fund, which raises money through donations and grants for beautification projects in Bellport.

“The beach has evolved over the years as a beach where people take their young children to play in the sand, on the swings and in the water,” said Foster, who has lived in the village since 1976. “Most of us ride our bikes to the beach. It is one of the special gems of the village of Bellport that its residents treasure and can enjoy the most.”

Foster said the rejuvenation effort will include adding new swing set chains and seats, two picnic tables, two nine-spot bike racks, split rail fencing, ongoing beach seaweed raking and cleaning, and mosquito and pest control without using harmful chemicals.

Veitch, who has lived in the village most his life, said he looks forward to seeing the upgrades to the popular beach.

“We’re working with the Fund to maintain a beach that residents and guests take great pride in,” he said.

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