A few readers have written into Patch regarding their ideas to avoid a possible closing of Holtsville Ecology Center. Here they are below, add your own thoughts to the comments:
Irene: The Holtville Ecology Site is a wonderful place and gives such a positive environment to local residents. I am sure many wouldn't mind paying a small fee to see the animals. I have seen school groups and tourists come there. Many people take there pre school children there for a positive learning experience.
I do walking, biking and running there and come from Patchogue to enjoy the center. It would be awful to see this site close.
C. Triolo: Non residents should certainly pay a nominal fee for zoo admission or pool admission. A fee to park is another alternative. I have no doubt periodic fund raising events would be popular as well.
Wendy Hollowell: The zoo could require a fee. Perhaps $1 per adult, children free. That would help. Nothing else should be charged. And this is if absolutely necessary.