I have attended all of the recent meetings pertaining to the proposed changes to the road system for entering and exiting the Village Club golf course. By law these changes require an environmental impact study that investigates accurately on safety issues, effects on traffic, noise, quality of life of residents and the natural surroundings such as trees, terrain and wildlife.
At these meetings there have been large assemblies of residents not only from Sands Point but surrounding villages. Yet the only opinions presented by these attendees are that they are opposed to the Village of Sands Point's planned changes. Not one resident to my memory has gotten up and said they support these changes. Perhaps those in favor are afraid to attend or speak? In the interest of fairness I am including a "possible" letter an advocate of the proposed new plan might present.
I don't understand what the fuss is all about. I represent the Sands Point Elitist Committee of Incrustingly Aloof Lordlings. We are S.P.E.C.I.A.L. and feel strongly that a plan that tears down additional 100-year-old trees to widen a roadway displacing wildlife is not a problem. Its affect on homeowners whose backyards would have increased noise pollution or night time headlights shining into their bedrooms should be of little consequence. The ability of our neighbors on Middleneck Road, Forest Drive, Astor Lane and the alphabet avenues to get into and out of their driveways and streets is a small price to pay. Why, even the issues of the Port Washington Fire Department concerning its ability to respond safely thru Middleneck Road between Astor and Thayer has little bearing on our desire. We feel that accidents will happen with the same frequency no matter what and that we are free to interpret their cause to be "careless" non-residents who might crash into our club members as they come into or out of a main gate area. The fact that most of the approximately 60 accidents reported over the last five years are statistically attributable to the stopping to turn into and out of the unsignalized side streets is something we choose not to worry ourselves about. Why should we have to think! We pay a traffic engineer to think for us - even if he admits that he forgot to analyze the causes. He did, after all, go to all that time and trouble to assign most to a location at that "awkward" intersection by our present gate.
Details are so tedious! We leave it to others paid to figure out how to make it seem that our way is the only way! Imagine, people coming to a public meeting and only speaking out against such a nice plan. It does after all prevent the golfers from being inconvenienced by an occasional car driving past them inside the club while they play.
We have heard the "outroar" of the public opinion and we are not impressed. If they don't like the way we want things perhaps they might if they knew we are considering "Free Cake to Eat" stands along Middleneck Road while they wait as things worsen.
Certainly such a letter gets to the heart of the issues here. Fortunately, I, as a Sands Point resident, do not think that I am SPECIAL. I also strongly believe that virtually all of my fellow Sands Point residents are concerned on the true impact that such proposed changes could have on the safety and environmental living of all those surrounding Middleneck Road in that area. Given the true facts all intelligent people would come to the same conclusion...there is a better way than this proposed change. I know that if I were in a position as trustee in my village I would approach this from all sides.
Dr. Barry Jason
Forest Drive, Sands Point
P.S. The views in this letter are my own and do not represent those of any group of organization, real or fictitious.