Opinion

Nearly three years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Port News on behalf of our then fledgling environmental group, PWGreen, Inc., which was published. The letter pleaded with the officials of Port Washington North to reconsider the construction of housing units on the eight acres abutting Mill Pond Acres, Radcliff and Glamford Avenues. The concerns remain the same:

• It's the home of birds, mammals and plants of several species, many of which are disappearing from our area.

• Folks who bought dwellings in Mill Pond Acres did so, in part, because of this eight-acre woodland/buffer zone.

• Trees use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen as a byproduct, acting as an air purifier for our area.

• Building nearly 50 new dwellings here would add a substantial amount of traffic to our already clogged roadways, not to mention the increased burden to our schools, water, sewage, and air quality resources, and our police, fire and other emergency response systems.

When my wife and I moved to Port in 1970, we did so to escape the city congestion. Over the years we and many of our friends would comment with concern about houses going up on what seemed like every postage-stamp sized lot left in town, and that Port might soon become another Queens. PWGreen was formed primarily to promote the preservation of our remaining open space, and based on many town visioning meetings in recent years, this concept reflects mainstream sentiments of Port's residents. If we don't stop this crazy building spree we will be well on our way to being the next Queens. Citizens of Port Washington and Port North, help preserve our remaining open spaces and let your voices be heard at the next public meeting on this subject at the Port North village hall, date to be announced.

Linn Johnson

Secretary, PWGreen, Inc.


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