Mascot Dock Will Not Rent Boat Slips in 2012

Repairs may not begin for six months, at the earliest.

Mascot Dock will not be open for boats this year as a result of the damages caused to the dock by Tropical Storm Irene last August.

“The future of the Masoct marina lies in what we can get done with the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) money,” Village trustee William Hilton said at Monday’s Village Board of Trustees meeting.

Hilton said FEMA will be awarding the Village slightly under $300,000, but a backlog in issuing the policies for using that money will prevent the Village from hiring workers for at least six more months.

“So anticipate work on the dock to not be done for probably about a year from now,” Hilton said.

Additionally Hilton indicated that even after the repairs, the amount of FEMA money will not cover the expenses to allow Mascot Dock to rent out its previous capacity of 60 boats. As a result, Hilton said fully repairing the dock is something that will have to be looked in consideration of the looming New York state two-percent tax cap.

Hilton also said that Patchogue Village lost $19,000 operating the marina after it had to close early for the entire 2011 season due to Irene.

In January, the dock partially re-opened to the public for walking, crabbing and fishing.

feduponbay March 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM
This is just another screw up, let's all hope on tues there will be a big change.
Jennifer O'Gessee March 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
There must be documentation of a safety inspection that declared the dock unsafe, who signed the document and what were their findings?
PatchWerq April 12, 2012 at 06:52 PM
The dock really needs a facelift similar to the dock by the ferry terminal. The wood planks should probably be replaced with some composite material. I know these things cost money but how about trying to generate revenue off the dock with more than just slip fees. We should have more events like farmers markets, craft fairs, music festivals, it a scenic location that is underutilized as it is. Also shorefront park needs to be cleaned up, the walkways look like garbage and the grass is patchy. Does any money go back into that park form the great south bay music festival? The election has come and gone and we have the same people in office so is there any chance of imporvements?
John Bogack April 13, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Yes the dock needs repair and it is the storm to blame and not anyone else. This situation is another reason why a civic association for the shorefront park/mascot dock is needed. People in and around the park, those most affected need to lobby for the park and the dock on a consistent basis. There have been voices raised about a 100000 dollars owed by Capital Management that has not yet been paid and is due. This money was supposed to be dedicated to improvements for shorefront park. The village board has been considering a law suit to recover those monies since Capital management has not paid up. People should be showing up at Board meetings on a consistent basis advocating for action. There may be other ideas for repairing the dock on a faster basis. Again unless people stop just posting and actually get out to meetings, organize, and stand up for actions then yes it may take a year until the dock is repaired and longer still for the park to become what people are saying that they want it to become: a true jewel of a park. And maybe private action could result in private fund raising too. After all people can't have it both ways. People are saying limit taxes, then saying improvements need to be made. Yes they do, but they have to be paid for too and that means higher taxes, a bond, or some other revenue stream or streams have to be found to funnel into both the dock and the park the money that is needed.
Patchogue Snoop April 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
They have a plan....lease it to Lombardi's for a parking lot for 1$ a year! Hey, free weddings and fund raiser events have a price.


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