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Letter: Defending cleanup in Glen Cove

The nearly completed new Glen Cove ferry terminal

The nearly completed new Glen Cove ferry terminal on Jan. 19, 2016. The terminal has long been a part of the planned $1 billion, 56-acre waterfront Garvies Point project. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

A $1 billion plan proposed for the Glen Cove waterfront represents a rare opportunity for the community to join the ranks of places across the country that have developed innovative solutions to environmental challenges and transformed themselves in the process [“Cleanup questions,” News, March 14].

This vision for a new Garvies Point will follow the culmination of more than two decades of tireless efforts by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health — which collectively moved mountains to return a nearly 60-acre site to its pre-industrial condition.

Unfortunately, a small group of outside interests is trying to stifle Glen Cove’s progress by misrepresenting these cleanup efforts.

Today, we are approaching the completion of this remarkable 20-year process, which ultimately will restore the once-vibrant waterfront that helped establish Glen Cove’s identity as Long Island’s Gold Coast. This is a product of tremendous cooperation, careful coordination and needed scrutiny among agencies that have left no stone unturned and demonstrated their commitment to put the best interests of this community first.

The efforts to create an environmentally sound Glen Cove will soon yield benefits, and that is wonderful news for this community.

Frank Haftel, Dix Hills

Editor’s note: The writer is director of the Garvies Point project for developer RXR.