Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012

Holiday Lights from Point Lookout NY.
I was struck that many of our Places around town have sprung back… and our thoughts are with those who havent, yet!

Just wanted to share Point Lookout Places, no houses… And just ones with holiday lights… (Community Church is the Exception).

just quick shots i got with my phone.

did i miss anyplace?

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Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Alice Platt and Mr Sanders’ Tree. Civic emailed a great story on how this tree came to be here and the fate of Santa and his sleigh, who usually greet you when coming into town.

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Ye Olde Firehouse

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Point Realty

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Sandcastle Cafe

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Point Lookout Wine Boutique

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Point Lookout Firehouse

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

The Grotto at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

McDonald Plumbing

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Jojo Apples

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

Hug Real Estate

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

The Community Church

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012

Ameriprise

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012

adde K Salon

Point Lookout Places: Holiday Lights 2012 :

The Point Ale House

Point Lookout Civic Meeting, December 2012

Residents get some answers to Post-Sandy questions from members of the Civic Board.

Residents get some answers to Post-Sandy questions from members of the Civic Board.

Announcements

Civic has a snazzy new website www.PointLookoutCivic.Org  (can you guys get a redirect to send those from the old website that’s still hanging out there to this one???)
  
Residents are asked to volunteer to help Clean up at the ballfield
Saturday, December 15 at 9 AM please bring gloves, rakes, and your neighbors
 
Point Lookout library branch – Wednesday, December 19 @ 8 PM Long Beach high school
Long Beach library system 2nd meeting to discuss future of our library branch
 
 

The Meeting

A very well attended meeting with over 120 people attending. Our first chance to see the newly repaired Rec hall.
 
Pres. Sheila Meyer spoke briefly, explained Civic has been meeting to discuss the post Sandy effects. Kate Murray came down earlier in the day to call for the Long Beach barrier island and storm damage  protection plan project be revisited.
 
Discussed Long Beach library and possible closing of point Lookout library branch. Paul Gomez has stepped up and fixed the flood damage but the library wants to “approve” the repairs.
 
Treas. Chuck Hansen spoke about making donations to various Sandy relief organizations.
Frank (Beanie) Houlihan left the civic $20,000. The board is proposing donating half to Sandy relief projects.
 
The only named one so far will be Long Beach Christmas Angel Incorporated , to give them a $2000 donation. The other $8000 would go to various causes in Point Lookout- none more than $2000.
Please email your ideas of what worthy group (not individual) in town “with a broad effect on the town”, would best need the help.
Names loosely thrown around were the Fire Dept, Morning Sun Nursery School, The Litttle League…
Please email who you would like to nominate to civic email address: pointupdates@gmail.com
 
There was brief chatter about what businesses are and are not able to operate in town. Some bay front favorites plan to be back in March or April.  Others on Lido Blvd are on, or getting on their feet.  
Dozens from the well attended meeting stayed after to catch up with neighbors, news and storm stories.

Dozens from the well attended meeting stayed after to catch up with neighbors, news and storm stories.

Environmental chair Gerald Ottavino spoke about the reactivation of the Long Beach Island storm damage project (see our previous post “Town Officals Visit Point Lookout to Talk Beach Protection”.)
Basically we’re waiting for Long Beach to reenergize their end of the story- if they want to mitigate ocean damage or not. So far they have begun the process by “revisiting” the project. When Long Beach decides that they’re on board the Army Corps of Engineers is ready to go.
 
He reminded us that this project effectively has us first in line to be helped by the Army Corps of Engineers. If Long Beach delays, we can quickly go to the end of the line while the Army Corps take care of New Jersey, Staten Island and the Rockaways.
 
Additionally the vast majority of politicians from the town, to the county, to the state, to federal representatives are mostly on board and ready to have the project move forward.
 
There was talk about the town building department and their mandated inspections for houses in the affected area.
Just repeating what we heard basically were told the bottom line if your house is damaged have it inspected by someone you trust -a licensed architect or engineer.
 
You may also want to have your house without damage looked over by a Licensed architect or engineer. You can then get from the town an “affidavit of no damage” which may help sell your house in the future.
 
Sheila Meyer closed the night saying “after the storm the firemen in this town were unbelievable”, to which the whole room erupted in loud applause.      
 

Town officials visit Point Lookout to talk Beach Protection

On Tuesday, December 11 Kate Murray and other officials including Angie Cullin visited Point Lookout beach.

 
They called on state (New York state Department of Environmental Conservation-DEC) and federal (Army Corps of Engineers) officials to revisit the comprehensive beach protection plan that Long Beach backed out of several years ago and may be ready for now.
 
They say they’ve done some dredging and replenishment to help bolster the dunes here at Point Lookout. There’s also been extensive dredging to replenish the eastern side facing t Jones Inlet,  which was devastated during the storm.
 
“The damage underscores the need for a comprehensive Coastal protection project to move forward now to protect the barrier island from future storms and surges” said Murray.
 

Citizens and Legislators seek Long Island drinking water compact.

Suffolk Legislator William R Spencer, Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth and Kara Hahn of the Suffolk County Legislature speak with attendees

Suffolk Legislator William R Spencer, Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth and Kara Hahn of the Suffolk County Legislature speak with attendees to Long Island Water Security Forum Pt 3

From the final of three meetings, this held at Cold Spring Harbor library, led by Suffolk Legislator William R Spencer and Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth. They were also joined by Kara Hahn of the Suffolk County Legislature, New York Assemblyman-elect Chad Lupinacci, and Huntington Councilman Mark Mayoka.

 
The problem: The threats to what is our “Sole Source” of drinkable water are many. Over 65 entities deliver water on Long Island. Many water authorities, towns, villages and others are tapping the same resource with no one in charge- zero entities are making sure the entire supply is clean, preserved, protected and safe.
 
Ms. Bosworth said, it’s important that residents are aware of the difference between delivery and oversight. The NY state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has not resolved problems (even though most believe it is their mandate to do so-Ed) and they’re not a water manager. She said, “we do not have the active management system we need”
 
This being the third of these meetings and actually fourth if you include the one in Long Beach has this writer asking where are the other 2/3 or so Nassau and Suffolk legislators who have not shown up to ANY of these meetings?
 
New York Assemblyman-elect Chad Lupinacci,  and Huntington Councilman Mark Mayoka Listen to speakers at LI Water Security - Part 3 meeting at Cold Spring Harbor LibraryNew York Assemblyman-elect Chad Lupinacci,  and Huntington Councilman Mark Mayoka Listen to speakers at LI Water Security - Part 3 meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Library

New York Assemblyman-elect Chad Lupinacci, and Huntington Councilman Mark Mayoka Listen to speakers at LI Water Security – Part 3 meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Library

North Merrick Civic Association president Claudia Borecky spoke about Nassau County dumping 65 million gallons of sewage daily into the bay at their Bay Park plant. She called it the greatest environmental crime in our lifetime, demanding hearings. She explained the previous administration had approved a $500 million plan but upon taking over, County Executive Mangano, with help from Morgan Stanley, moved to sell the assets off.   “Essentially the county stole from our sewer budget”.
 
 
Aqua Vectors - explaining their new electrolysis system to drastically reduce Nitrates in water treatment

Aqua Vectors – explaining their new electrolysis system to drastically reduce Nitrates in water treatment

Mark Hopkinson spoke from Aqua Vectors. They have a new system to help treat nitrates in the sewage water making it much safer for discharge. They explained their system is actually cheaper than what’s being used and eliminates 2-3 times the amount of nitrates.
 
Sarah Meyland from NYIT/Water for Long Island explained it is not anyone’s agenda to consolidate the water companies. This is a completely seperate water management oversight issue.
 
Sarah Meyland Of New York Institute of Technology Center for Water Resources Management / Water for Long Island speaking at Long Island Water Security part 3 public hearing

Sarah Meyland Of New York Institute of Technology Center for Water Resources Management / Water for Long Island

 
She said “water management applies what we know to influence how the resource is used and outline steps that can be taken to protect, conserve and respond to water issues and problems.”   She and many of the other advocates believe we need a Long Island water “compact ” which would provide oversight and management needed.
 
“Compacts work because the stakeholders understand that they will benefit from the professional and equitable oversight and distribution of the water in the respective basin.  If Long Island created it’s own compact we would not be gaining another agency would be exchanging one agency- the DEC – for a full-service water management compact. .. under local control and oversight making us responsible for our own water future.”   
 
After, Members of the audience were invited to speak.
 
Our own Gerald Ottavino from the Point Lookout Civic Association said “We need a champion of the aquifers health, free of profit and politics, to manage the resource.”
 
One of my favorite speakers was Carolyn DuBois Of Oyster Bay Cove. She says she is amazed she only pays about $85 a year for water. “My water is so inexpensive- it’s not fair to pay so little to be encouraged to waste it.”  Yes, we agree. We are not paying what it costs to protect, preserve and RENEW (recharge) to assure we have clean drinking water tomorrow and in the future.
 
 
Hosts, Suffolk Legislator William R Spencer and Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth at Long Island Water Securty Part 3-Public Hearing to find solutions.

Hosts, Suffolk Legislator William R Spencer and Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth at Long Island Water Securty Part 3-Public Hearing to find solutions.

Judi Bosworth said to look at existing water Compacts to see what already works – “we don’t need to reinvent the wheel”.
 
William Spencer summed up the night: “we need bold solutions – this is not a Democrat or Republican issue… it is an issue for all of us.”