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Letter: In Response to Residents’ Letter

We read with interest the recent letter published in the Port Washington News from the board of directors of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, regarding their Model Blocks Program. The Board is claiming to be pleased with the “positive response received to date.” We take issue with this statement, as many of the signatories to this letter were present at the November 17 presentation, and came away with the opposite impression.

During the comment period that followed the presentation, everyone that spoke was against the proposed overlay district/rezoning of upper Main Street to allow four-story, mixed-use development. This is further reinforced by subsequent conversations we have had with numerous members of our community. We have yet to find anyone who is in favor of increasing the built density of Main Street. Many neighbors were unaware of the rezoning portion of the program until we discussed it with them.

The Residents’ Board of Directors seem to have reached their positive conclusions based on the comments cards that were collected at their meeting. However, the cards’ importance to the process was not disclosed at the time, and their content is misleading, For example, when attendees asked how to register support for beautification, but opposition to the overlay district/rezoning, it was suggested that we should vote “yes” for the Model Blocks Program, but add a written comment to explain our concerns. Perhaps these types of responses are being counted as a general “yes”, despite the negative reservations that might be noted on the cards.

In conclusion, we remain concerned about the positive spin that the Resident’s Board is putting on the community’s overwhelming negative response to the Model Blocks Program. Since we believe that the Residents are not accurately representing our community of Port Washington, we have chosen to establish a petition against the rezoning proposal in order to make our views clearly known. Interested citizens can access this petition online at www.portwashingtonvoice.org.

Mark and Laura Johnson
Margo and Brannen Brock
Donna and Tom Rice
Steven and Kim Rosenbaum
Stephen and Dawn Preston
Frank T. Scobbo
Frank J. Scobbo
Jan Frye
Alan and Lorri Elton
Andrew and Beverly Waterson
John and Treva Chadwell