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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

What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than by having a new room inauguration filled with local residents, live music and cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. That is what happened at the Locust Valley Library Sunday evening, Nov. 9, as the community room was officially renamed the Matinecock Neighborhood Association Community Room. Proceeds from the event went to the restoration of the new room.

Speakers at the centennial celebration included Library Board of Trustees President Charles Brisbane, Library Administrative Director Kathy Smith, Locust Valley Historical Society President Herb Schierhorst and Matinecock Nation Chief Little Running Fox.

Remembering Pete Seeger

At The Tilles Center Nov. 20

On Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., producer Jason Samel of Movement Music Records in association with Love Revolution and Gold Coast Arts Center presents, “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger” at The Hillwood Recital Hall At Tilles Center on campus at LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville. Net proceeds will benefit the 501 (c)(3) Gold Coast Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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