McKeown sisters at Beaver Dam Creek and South Country road

Brookhaven & South Haven Hamlets

Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York

Brookhaven/South Haven Hamlets Study

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Changes in and About Squassux Landing

The BVA owns and operates Squassux Landing, a 13-acre boat basin, open to all members of the community, on the Carmans River. In Chapter II, page 54, the LWRP recommends that our marina be rezoned from J2 to "Waterfront." In Chapter IV, page 12, the report again recommends "the land use for Squassux Landing should be changed from COM to MCOM."

While there is generic definition of these categories on page V-13, we have been informed by the Town of Brookhaven that currently no such zoning category exists. While the BVA thinks the concept of having both Squassux Landing and other marinas rezoned from J2 to "Marine Commercial" or "waterfront" as defined in the LWRP is a good idea, we would need to know the consequence of this, if any, on the current operation of Squassux Landing, and we would like to see this change of zone enacted as law and on the books before endorsing such a change.

In Chapter IV, page 17, there is a recommendation to "improve fishing access at Squassux Landing road end." Currently, the residents in that area are up in arms over the tota1 lack of code enforcement at the eastern end of Beaver Dam Road. Despite repeated requests for police protection and calls for help to the Town, blaring car horns and "boom-boxes" are still active at 3 a.m., along with screeching tires, piles of garbage, prostitutes and drug dealers. The BVA feels that the suggestion of planned additions at the end of Beaver Dam Road should be deleted from the LWRP, and in its place recommends that the Town post one of its Code Enforcement vehicles there seven days a week, from 11 P.M. to 6 A.M., to make shouldering this waterfront access point less of a burden on our community and to encourage its use for water-related activities.

Below are listed a number of minor corrections we would like to see made on pages II-51 through II-55 of the DEIS:

B. Existing Land Use and Zoning

In this section it should be added: Because the Carmans River and Beaver Dam Creek have been designated Significant Fish and Wildlife Areas by the NYSDOS. Personal Water Craft (Jet Skis. etc.) should be prohibited from both of these rivers.

And: The recently installed road storm drain pipe system installed by the Town of Brookhaven Highway Department at the end of Beaver Dam Road. which empties directly into the Carmans River. should be removed. Also. the storm drain pipe installed in a new development on Prairie Lane. which goes directly into the Beaver Dam Creek, should be removed. Swales and dry wells would provide better filtering before entering directly into the surface waters of these rivers.

And: Dredged spoiled sites. especially on public lands, should be rehabilitated.