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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"Bike trails alongside busy roads such as Montauk Hwy. and South Country Road would be beneficial.... The poor condition and lack of attention paid to North Bellport and the section of Montauk Highway east of Station Road is disheartening. More loans for improvement, economic incentives and social/community action would go a long way.... Improve and use existing infrastructures instead of building/expanding new facilities. "

"Less development. Maintain the historic district and nature of the Hamlet. We are an environmentally sensitive area and should remain as undeveloped as possible. "

"I’d like to maintain as much open space as possible – keep development and suburban sprawl to a minimum. I think the opening of cell 5 will decrease property values and, as Hamlet residents, we should get tax rebates to offset the inconvenience of having a dump in our backyards. "

"1Vo more development south of Montauk Hwy. We don’t want street lights or sidewalks or other ’improvements’ even if they were free. "

"Best: Community is rich in history, friendly people, slow to change and beautiful. Worst: Street noise (loud music), destruction of private property (mailboxes), graffiti (on signs) and mosquitoes! Change: would like a mailbox by library. "

"More responsible zoning!"

"I like the quiet and ’small town’ atmosphere. The biggest problem we face is maintaining the quality of life and affordability of living here. If we drive around our community, we see many homes for sale. Many people are leaving, going where they get more for their money. We have to evaluate what is important to the community and work towards those goals within our means. Continued expansion of the ’dump’ has effectively killed any hope of this community ever being what it was. Our futures have been sacrificed for political expediency. School taxes are way too high for an average district. "

"The open space waterways (rivers and bays) and semi-rural character are the community’s most important assets and the main reason we have chosen to live here. Our biggest concern is the spread of the suburban and commercial sprawl and our Town’s government decision to use the landfill on our northern border as a money-making operation. "

"LILCO has got to have some competition to reduce rates. The area is great, but I cannot afford to live. here after I retire due to taxes and LILCO. "