Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Lportney@antonnews.com Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
The revitalization of Morgan’s Dock, a project that has spanned more than five years and several village administrations, is beginning to move from dream to reality.
In late April, the Manorhaven Board of Trustees will release a request for proposals (RFP) to select a company to work on the initial phase of the restoration of this property at Bowman’s Point Road adjacent to Manorhaven Beach.
When Rita DeLucia was elected to the Board of Trustees in June 2011, she put in a special request to take over the management of the project. She’s been working ever since to move it forward, and it hasn’t been easy. “This is a very complicated issue,” admits DeLucia. “We had to engage many federal, state and local agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers, but we are finally set to go.”
Mayor Giovanna Giunta and the three trustees elected in June 2012 have vigorously supported the restoration. In a statement, the Mayor said: “Morgan’s Dock is an intrinsic part of Manorhaven’s nautical history. It has been a goal of former administrations to restore and rehabilitate Morgan’s Dock, not only to clean-up and beautify the area, but to bring the opportunity of commerce and recreation back to this area of the Village. Former administrations were given money from the Nassau County Community Development Fund to begin the process of assessment, architectural drawings, consultations, obtaining permits, and clearing of the property. The availability of docking could help develop and revitalize local businesses, increase property values and provide sources of recreation such as fishing, boating and sailing programs to residents and friends in the Manorhaven community.”
Trustees are hopeful the project will begin in late June with its first phase of clean-up to be completed this summer. Additional grants will be applied for to fund the next stage of the Dock’s revitalization, which will include the construction of a new retaining wall, mooring clusters and concrete pad.