Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
To The Editor:
A friend recently told me that the Town of North Hempstead acceded to the desire of local residents and tabled a permit request for Dejana Industries to construct a garbage facility on West Shore Road. For a Town government to listen to residents is a good thing, if they have their facts straight and their beliefs are correct.
In this case, to the best of my knowledge, regarding their fears of garbage odor on a large scale, they are not. I have lived in Manorhaven for a comparatively long time (almost 30 years) and have not smelled any odor of garbage emanating from the facility. Just normal Manorhaven air.
May I respectfully suggest that the concerned residents come and take a stroll along that part of Manorhaven Boulevard and see (or rather smell) for yourselves.
Personally, I would rather Dejana Industries stayed in Manorhaven for they pay a lot of taxes, which keeps residents’ taxes down.
I’ve also read a letter extolling the beauties of Hempstead Harbor. As a kid, Bar Beach was my least favorite beach because of the state of the water, which was far from pristine. Over the years many, many old World War II barges were stored in Hempstead Harbor water for an extended period of time, and school buses are still there.
The past and present histories of Hempstead Harbor and its industries on both sides of the road are extremely interesting and may be the subject of another letter.