As the parent of a teenager, I personally want to commend our planning board and especially our politicians for thinking of the welfare of our children. They no longer have to hang out on Main Street exposed to the elements. The building of a multilevel parking facility on Main Street will give them needed shelter when it rains or snows.
Half our community is concerned about the school budget being too high. The other half wants to add classes to the curriculum. Now everyone will be happy. Just think of the extra curricular classes that will take place in this new multiuse facility. The parking facility may actually save us money in our school budget and expand our children's life experiences. College admissions officers look for new and innovative activities when considering Schreiber students' applications.
A healthy working environment is also a great concern of this community. Vandals can now concentrate their work in an environmentally safe workplace instead of walking the neighborhoods and creating noise pollution. According to the Police Report in the December 28, 2006 issue of The Port Washington New, there was significant auto vandalism from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 - 26 rear windows were damaged and one hood was scratched. Fourteen of these occurrences were in a garage. Just think of the efficiency the vandals will now be able to perform their craft.
If the planning board and politicians state that the garage will alleviate our parking problems and add tax dollars to our community, I believe them. After all, they are the same community leaders that convinced us that Mill Pond would not add to our parking and traffic problems. With all the added construction and subdivisions, Nassau County must be mistaken - how could tax grievances have gone up with all the tax savings we were promised?
Yes, progress is good. It all depends on how we define progress for Port Washington. There is a reason we all moved to Port Washington. I personally enjoy waking up to the many variety of birds in my backyard. I like to shop on Main Street where the shopkeepers know me and I know them. Manhasset Bay is an extremely beautiful bay and we should be proud of being her keeper.
Maybe for some, The Freedom Tower should be built on Main Street. For me, I would like it to stay Main Street, USA.
Scott B. Matty