I attended the hearing for the Bradley Hotel, on Tuesday, Feb. 13. After listening to an attorney ramble for 20 minutes with erroneous facts, hyperboles, and disorganized comments, I left the hearing to write this letter.
I've been a resident of Port Washington for 48 years. My grandfather, Costantino "Gus" Nuzzolese settled in Port Washington over 85 years ago. The Nuzzolese family has Port Washington in their veins.
It amazes me seeing less than 100 people with an average age of 60 years old with 20 percent sleeping having the ability to influence a township of 50,000 people, not to build a beautiful Bradley Hotel.
Where is the courage of people like my grandfather Gus who came here penniless, bought property, developed it and made himself and Port Washington prosper with friendships, experiences, community and commerce? If you remember "Jimmy's Backyard" you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Having played in PAL sports my entire life, at the PAL Fields, I know that the whole area of lower main street, including the one on which the vacant land currently exists for the Bradley, has been a dead zone....a disgrace to Port Washington. How many of you reading this letter attended a Band Shell concert last summer? One maybe? How many have seen a PAL baseball game in the last 10 years? None maybe? Where is our sense of vision, community and commerce?
After leaving the hearing disgusted, I looked at the many pictures on the wall and noticed in one particular photo from 1906, workers excavating trees on Plandome Road to provide a retaining wall for the current Town Hall. Do you think the people in 1906 had vision, community and commerce? We wouldn't be sitting in this hearing if it wasn't for people like them.
Port Washington needs Bradley Hotel leadership. Let's develop that dead zone, that disgraceful area. Do people realize that the Bradley Hotel will produce millions of dollars in tax revenue for our town and schools, millions of revenue for the restaurants and local businesses, and millions in joys and convenience from tourism, social events, weddings, confirmations, bar mitzvahs, etc.
I asked a few people what they thought, and one comment was "a coffee shop." Isn't that both stupid and incredible? That someone would actually think instead of developing a disgraceful piece of land into a landmark of community and commerce that they would rather see a coffee shop?
And how about the person who wants a park? When was the last time you walked in a park from the months of October through March? Or ever walked in a park? Or walked Town Dock? I do all the time and it's empty!
Obviously I am 1,000 percent behind the construction of the Bradley Hotel. But more importantly I am 2,000 percent behind Port Washington residents who have some courageous vision for community and commerce like my grandfather.
If you are pro-Bradley Hotel, please email me and I will spread the word.
Yours for vision, community and commerce