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Letter: Outdoor parties in Bayville

Vincent Libertini, commander of American Legion Post 1285

Vincent Libertini, commander of American Legion Post 1285 in Bayville, in the outside waterfront patio area behind the post's building. (Aug. 8, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Although your article purports to fairly present both sides of the issue, the most legally significant reasons why the Bayville Zoning Board should prohibit outdoor wedding ceremonies on this property were conveniently omitted ["Bayville at odds over American Legion outdoor wedding ceremonies," News, Aug. 13].

The waterfront property in question is located within a residentially zoned district, which requires single-family dwellings, not an American Legion hall or commercial enterprise such as a catering hall.

This one-family property was donated to the American Legion in 1959, and the Legion applied for and received a variance for the purpose of honoring and perpetuating the memory of deceased veterans. In 1979, due to financial problems, the American Legion came back to the zoning board to request a special use permit to operate a limited indoor catering facility. The neighboring property owners once again did not object.

Having gotten their foot in the door, the American Legion has openly violated the permit by, among other things, holding outdoor commercial catering on the premises. The Legion's current application seeks to legalize what they have been doing illegally on the property for the last several years.

While we all appreciate the veterans' proud service to this country, they have to obey the zoning laws like everyone else.

Mark Matarazzo, Oyster Bay

Editor's note: The writer is a lawyer representing opponents of the zoning variance.