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Vote possible on Portuguese-American club's site plan

Brookhaven Town’s planning board could vote Monday on a plan designed to bring peace to a Farmingville neighborhood where residents have feuded with a Portuguese-American club over noise.

Neighbors of the Portuguese-American Center on Portion Road have said the club’s occasional outdoor parties and barbecues foist loud music and noise on the community.

Brookhaven officials have tried to broker peace between the community and the club. Town officials have said the club over the years has broken some zoning covenants — such as illegal tree clearing, constructing a gazebo without permission and disregarding a 157-by-337-foot buffer behind the club.

The club’s proposed new site plan, which includes a 75-by-337-foot revegetated buffer with a 4-foot-high black vinyl fence, should ease the neighborhood’s concerns, said Eric Russo, an attorney for the club.

The planning board, which held a public hearing on the site plan in December, has until early February to make a decision, town officials said. The board’s next meeting, at which a decision is likely, is at 4 p.m. Monday, officials said.

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