It's been an interesting time in Oyster Bay covering the many different groups - and it appears that they may be coming together, focusing on items and events that will help the hamlet in the future.
The full announcement of the new sweeper for the hamlet has not been made but the sweeper in itself, to be purchased and operated by the Town of Oyster Bay using a grant from NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, will be a great boon to the area. There is a wicked wind that blows up from the waterfront and down Audrey Avenue that picks up litter and dirt in swirling dirt devils. It needs constant cleanup.
The chamber mentioned at its February meeting that new member Bill DiConza, Esq. will be looking into creating a Business Improvement District for the hamlet. The concept is to get landlords involved with improving the area. The system has been used in many communities in Nassau County with much success.
One of the constant problems with the hamlet is garbage - the literal kind of garbage. It appears that many landlords in the business district do not have places where tenants can get rid of their household garbage and as a result they leave their trash in the receptacles put out for street-trash.
Household garbage overloads the baskets; and while it solves the renter's problem, it creates a new one on the streetscape.
We hope that the concept of a BID is considered as a viable option but most of all we hope it will begin to solve the litter problem in the hamlet. Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce member Sally Robillitto has been working with the town on the garbage problem and at the installation dinner last month, she thanked Ray Starke and his supervisor Mike Rich for doing a great job for the hamlet.
Over the years, the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce has always put parking and garbage on their list of problems to solve. We hope this might be a start on one of the solutions.
The problem of parking is another basket of worms we have written about over the years.
In our opinion if the Town of Oyster Bay cleans up Firemen's Field it will help solve some of the ongoing parking problem in the hamlet. If Firemen's Field has trees and benches people will flock to park there. As they said in the movie Field of Dreams, "Build it and they will come." Working together you can make things happen! - DFK