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New group to help preserve Mount Sinai coast

A new not-for-profit group will help fund the Mount Sinai Harbor Marine Stewardship Center at Cedar Beach, slated to open in the fall.

The Friends of Mount Sinai Harbor Inc. was certified by the state to “generate public awareness, promote, preserve and beautify the Mt. Sinai coastal environment and heritage for future generations,” Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner said in a news release.

The town’s Mount Sinai Harbor Marine Stewardship Center, formerly the Nature Center, will showcase displays and offer information about Long Island Sound. With the help of the nonprofit, the center will be able to apply for grants and accept donations from the public, Bonner said.

The nonprofit’s creation “is a giant step forward in the Town’s effort to preserve the natural beauty and the ecology of Mount Sinai Harbor and the Long Island Sound,” said Bonner, whose district includes Mount Sinai. “By using public and private funding, we can accomplish so much more while minimizing the economic impact on the taxpayer.”

The nonprofit’s board has been appointed and is expected to schedule its first meeting soon.

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