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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.

Sopia Matthews February 18, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I am sorry to learn of the lose of the boat slips. I believe it added to the growing ambience of Patchogue and was a draw for visitors.
Laura March 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I can't believe we didn't have a plan in place for repairs in an emergency situation. Unbelievably one of the biggest attractions and family fun spots was left high and dry. Oh, my Federal taxes from FEMA won't be enough? What the heck am I paying Village taxes for? This Village needs some change - Thank God the election is near!
Jennifer O'Gessee March 15, 2012 at 06:12 AM
And I was there yesterday, I had no idea the dock was not going to reopen. I wondered why there was a ton of bird feces spread on the entire Children's playground. Then I noticed my favorite attraction, "The Playground Pig" which had been there since I was a child in the 1970's had vanished. I am very happy that I was able to take photographs of my (then 13 month old) son on the pig ride, just as there are pictures my mother took of me on the pig. That pig was made of sturdy metal and was heavy, needed a paint job but surely would have outlasted any of the other park swings or slides. I did some research and found the pig was worth 4,000 or more if restored. It was vintage and there are artists who are still attempting to remake these Children's playground items. Maybe the money from the pig went to a good cause and was sold to repair the Mascot Dock. I heard they will be charging for ferry parking $25.00 per season. I hope they clean the playground and replace the pig. I was sad when the duck was removed, I would like to know how much money was spent to paint a mural on the interior of the bandshell. If it was a donation from an artist, then I suppose it is acceptable. If that was commissioned by the town, there is a serious flaw in the financial & cultural management in the town. It would have been classic to keep it a simple cream coat of all weather exterior paint.
feduponbay March 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I would like to know why boat slips are not being rented. The pilings are intact and the floating docks are sitting in the parking lot and also the decking along where the boat slips are is in perfect shape. The only damage is the decking around the bulkhead and the mayor claims its over a million dollars in damage? This is a disgrace that this has not be addressed and will not open till who knows when. Plus there is a fence up around where your allowed to crab and fish so that's out the door also. Look around every other dock on the south shore and they have made the repairs since the storm. Where are my taxes going to? How could the village let one of there best assets not be up and running?
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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