I couldn't agree more with the letter written last week about Mill Pond Acres by Mr. Cantele. The pros of senior housing in this community completely out-weigh the cons, especially if everyone is right about it being inevitable that the owner of the land will have to sell to another industrial company because of the current zoning.
There is also speculation fueled by those who fully don't understand, who feel the argument is "senior housing vs. a park." I'm sure everyone knows there isn't funding available for a park in the village, and besides, the idea of even footing the bill for a "free" Village Park, that residents would have to pay increased taxes for, is ludicrous. Those who understand the situation know that "senior housing vs. an industrial park" is the bottom line here.
My feeling is that there are many seniors in this area and on Long Island for that matter, that simply would like to stay residents in the community and watch their grandchildren grow up from a few blocks or miles away, not from Florida. Many seniors with living choices to make in the next few years have lived, worked and grown up here in Port and having an option to stay after selling their homes - is all they want.
To put it plainly, the need for senior housing is not a secret to any of us at any age, but the businesses and people, who are willing to level lawsuits against this opportunity, with the alternative for industrial in the balance, must think otherwise. I urge everyone to consider what is best for our community and to support the cause that is right for those who made this community what it is today.