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Editorial: Open At Last

After years of litigation and negotiations, the Roslyn Country Club, once again, will open its pool and tennis courts. It won’t happen this summer, but the very long wait for local residents to have a pool will take place in 2013. Originally, pool membership went along with residency in the Roslyn Country Club area. That happy arrangement went sour when the club began accumulating debts. And so, the Town of North Hempstead stepped in.

The issue has brought divisions within the vast expanse of the town itself. Residents in New Hyde Park, East Williston, Port Washington and other villages have legitimate concerns: Will there be an unwanted tax burden for a pool that only a certain number of residents could ever join? The pool became an unlikely political issue in the last town elections and may remain so if taxpayers feel it isn’t worth the cost. However, in the end it was citizen action that won the day. Residents in Roslyn Heights mobilized, petitioned and convincingly made their case to town officials. And they did so in a manner that was learned and civil. The pool will open because enough residents wanted it to.

— J.S.