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Letter sent to TOH by POENB

posted Sep 4, 2015, 5:56 AM by POENB Association   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 4:46 PM ]

Congressman Steve Israel

534 Broad Hollow Road

Suite 302

Melville, NY 11747


Hon. Frank P. Petrone, Supervisor
Town Hall (Room 200)

100 Main Street

Huntington, NY 11743


Subject: Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Project (ASDRP)

Gentlemen,

Asharoken Avenue is Eatons Neck Road – Our Only Road.

Our HOA represents residents of Eatons Neck. Collectively, over 2,000 people rely on Asharoken Avenue as the only road to their homes. Our safety and wellbeing is dependent on having Asharoken Avenue open for vehicular traffic at all times, regardless of weather conditions. The only way to reasonably assure this is to complete the Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Project (ASDRP).

Asharoken Avenue is the only way for Eatons Neck residents to get police protection, EMS services, assure proper fire protection, go to the hospital, go to work, go to school, go to the food store, get heating oil deliveries, get mail and all the other normal uses of a public road. Additionally, all of our needed utilities (electric, gas, water, telephone and cable) run above, beside or below Asharoken Avenue and are at risk of being destroyed should Asharoken Avenue be breached. Our families are at risk of being cut off from the main land without electricity and water. A water main breach would cut off our drinking water supply and completely cripple the Fire Department. Additionally, should Asharoken Avenue breach serious damage could be done to neighboring communities of Northport and Centerport. Therefore it is critical that something be done to protect the road and all of its’ associated infrastructure.

The Army Corps of Engineers ACOE has proposed the ASDRP as a way to restore the beach in Asharoken and provide long term re-nourishment of sand. Unfortunately, the proposed requirements of public access on private beaches in Asharoken as well as a very large financial commitment required of the small Village of Asharoken are threating to stop the project. As Eatons Neck residents we need the road protected just as much as our neighbors in Asharoken. Therefore, we are respectfully asking your help to convince the Army Corp and New York State that the public benefit of the ASDRP has to be road protection for over 2,000 people and not random public access for a few people to the restored beachfront. There already are several Public Access Town Beaches available in the immediate area – BUT there is only one road that services our community. Secondarily, I am asking that you seek ways to reduce the financial burden on the Village of Asharoken to facilitate the project going forward. Without a compromise agreement based on recognizing the needs of Eatons Neck residents, as well as Asharoken’s residents, there is no way to assure the safety and wellbeing of over 2,000 people.

Thank you for your support,