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Does LI really need a destination center?

Illustration of a proposed Long Island Sound bridge.

Illustration of a proposed Long Island Sound bridge.

Regarding "Envisioning a destination center for LI" [Business, Jan. 3]: It appears that Kevin Law, the president of the Long Island Association, has not been watching the progress of our tourism industry. He proposes a destination center be created, possibly via the refurbishing of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

The citizens of Nassau County who live in proximity to the Coliseum have been fighting to keep the current traffic flow at its safe levels. Traffic has increased tremendously in the past few years and has created very dangerous crossings.

Second, tourism has been the greatest asset on Long Island for many years, and many have tried to promote the idea to expand this market's influence by building a cross-Sound bridge. Several areas have been researched but none were chosen. Political influence from upstate New York and lower Connecticut made its power known by rallying against a cross-Sound bridge.

Finally, the Calverton Airport in Riverhead would be the ideal spot for a destination center, because of the available transportation and the potential for a cross-Sound bridge.

We must rebuild the progress of our tourism industry and consider building a cross-Sound Bridge.

Albert Luppo


It's great that Kevin Law has a "novel idea" for creating a destination center for Long Island, except that we already have one: Huntington village! With a plethora of restaurants, bars, retail shops, the Cinema Arts Centre, and the soon-to-be-arriving (and bigger and better) Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), we already have a fabulous destination center right here in our own backyard.

Rick Meuser

Huntington Station