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After examining the Environmental Impact Statement and participating in the public hearing on Dec. 11, I am offering the following comments:

The DEIS does not consider any public open space as a possible use of the 41 acres because of its cost.

That's not enough of a reason.

Port North needs 20 acres of usable open parkland to meet federal standards.

The 41 acres on the map are shown in green because they are now green open space with trees, shrubs and walkways, centrally located in a most populous area of Port North, Manorhaven, Baxter Estates and the Town of North Hempstead.

Currently,

* The Village of Port North provides no land for schools, open fields and playgrounds.

* The Village of Port North provides no playing fields.

* The Village of Port North provides no trails.

* The Village of Port North provides no open space except for the Town of North Hempstead's Mill Pond and the vest pocket park at Mill Pond.

Yet it sits on 41 acres and proposes to build a gated community allowing no one to enter and use the very limited open space provided.

* Where do Port North children go to school and play and do sports?

In another jurisdiction.

* Where do Port North adults walk and fish?

In another jurisdiction.

* Where do residents walk for their health?

In another jurisdiction.

* Where do mothers wheel their baby carriages?

In another jurisdiction.

The 41 acres provide an opportunity to remedy this.

The Village of Port North needs an additional 20 acres of local parkland to meet the Federal Baseline Standards for Local Recreation and open space. There are opportunities in this property of flat areas for sports fields and there are hilly and dramatic areas for walks and benches with views as shown on the DEIS photos.

Port North had spoken three years ago and was not listened to. We urge the village residents to speak again, only louder and respond to the request to maintain some open space and investigate ways of financing it.

The main purpose for rezoning of property is to promote better use for it. In doing so, it would be proper for the Village of Port North to consider all the voices raised at the public hearing on Dec. 11 and not merely one side. The 41 acres as well as the Lewis Oil property can be firmly integrated to serve all the needs of the community.

So look at your 41 acres again and do better for our seniors, students and children and all of us.

Eric Pick


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