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Letter: North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association vs. Frank M. Flowers

 As I was riding my bike through Theodore Memorial Park, I noticed children over the sea wall by the Marina side of the park. I saw that there were more than several horseshoe crabs at the shore line. The children had sticks and they were poking them and throwing rocks. I went over to them to explain that they were living creatures that have been around for many years. It was okay to watch them because they are so different and unusual but it wasn’t okay to harm them. They listened and we all watched them and went our separate ways. The children were very nice and open to what I was saying.

As I rode away I thought what will happen to those horseshoe crabs when tomorrow Frank M. Flower and Sons will take out their suction vacuum dredging boats and kill non-harvested species in its path. Frank M. Flowers uses two types of dredging, mechanical and hydraulic dredgers. Mechanical dredging sucks up the soil and hydraulic dredging blasts the bottom with water. There is a New York Environmental Law 13-1309, that prohibits dredging on public waters or unleased land. Dredging is banned nationally because of the damage it does. So, one would think that if land was leased and dredged, what kind of guide lines are put in place to monitor the dredging activity? If you get a permit to build a structure, there are codes to follow and a building inspector comes into play. Frank M. Flowers has a dredging fleet and just replaced a very old vessel with a new state of the art vessel. How much more sediments and destroying of non-harvested species are capable from this new vessel compared to the old boat? Is anyone monitoring the dredging? How many boats go out, how often are the boats going over the same areas, how deep is the dredging, is it done when the tide comes into our beaches, are there soil samples or water samples taken after the dredging and how many non-harvested species die on any given day of dredging? There have been studies done with pros and cons but not specific to this bay. Has anyone looked into Grow-Out Bags as an alternative? This type of shell fish harvesting is being done in Florida, Washington State and in the UK and parts of Europe.

With the environment at a tipping point, maybe it is time to look at smarter ways of doing things. Can we be so sure going into the future, will there be any horseshoe crabs to see or any other non-harvested species in our bay?

I am currently on the Advisory Board of Friends of the Bay and have expressed my concerns to them as well as to Supervisor Venditto.

Frances Leone

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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