Written by Frank T. Scobbo Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
The recent work completed within the Village of Port North truly beautifies the Shore Road area and nicely compliments the waterfront landscape of our peninsula. The general concept of the trail and dock refurbishment, including finished product materials, provides a tremendous aesthetic improvement over the general area.
However, I have a few professional and mariner-related comments concerning the Nov. 19 issue in the Port News. Port Washington already has and is a port. The village dock refurbishment and available waterway services do not in any way lend itself to claiming that because of work that was completed, now we can officially state we have a “port.”
In addition, the dock refurbishment and entrance way to the dock are approximately 1-2 feet too low. On a full moon high tide with winds out of the southwest, I have seen the newly established port of Port Washington, under water with saltwater in the electric boxes for the lights and the tide over the top of the poorly designed seawall. How long will it be before the soil is washed out from behind the boulders on a storm? Will the landscape materials planted along Shore Road be able to withstand a harsh winter season with salt, sand and snow being plowed over from the road?
Furthermore, the timber piles holding the float are also about 3 feet too low and I see bolts had to be added to keep the float from floating away on high tide. How is a gangway supposed to be attached to a float with a 30 degree list on high tide?
As a marine contractor and avid mariner, the dock refurbishment project looks great and will be wonderful for kayakers to pull up and perhaps a small, shallow draft vessel, but not much more than that.
What has me baffled is that a large sum of money was invested in this project, and the project concept overall is nice; however, at some point, the corrections to the issues above are going to have to be made, which will cost taxpayers additional monies. The article talks about the village looking forward to the second phase of the project – how about fixing the issues already in place before spending additional monies to move forward?