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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Port Jefferson Better

With so many issues, locals are bound to have their own big ideas for bettering their community. Let's share them.

Port Jefferson village and Port Jefferson Station have their share of problems. Officials hope to balance revitalization of the Upper Port Jefferson area while addressing the complaints about homelessness and crime around the train station, vacancies dot the landscape from Route 347 to Port Jefferson Harbor. Taxes are on the rise in both Comsewogue and Port Jefferson school districts, while the village and school face the threat of a LIPA tax grievance cutting revenue almost in half in some cases.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable, to keep the Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station areas great into the forseeable future.

So let's hear them.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for the community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

Maryanne Bezyack October 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Lori Lyon's idea of a pedestrian mall on Main Street is terrific. In Long Beach Calif the restaurants on the main street have extensions of their places with tables and chairs outside with the areas, marked off by stanchions or shrubs, etc. New York City has the same (seasonally), as well as numerous other towns/cities. In our waterfront town it's important, and welcoming, to have outdoor eating spots. And, as a waterfront town I think it's very unusual that we do not have waterfront restaurants. (With the exception of Danford"s; and Graceful Rose is not on the waterfront). Mels Ditties has a great idea about using the KFC as a police substation. Plus "beat cops" on foot patrol would be good to interact with the residents. As far as losing the parking spacesif we were to make Main Street a pedestrian mall, space in the backs of stores should help. We need other ideas as well. Also, when one considers the spaces taken up by the motorcycles, I think it's important to remember that with motorcyclists (as well as boaters, race car owners. etc) a significant part of their hobby is the opportunity to look at and discuss each other's "pride and joy". Therefore it's important to provide a designated area for these recreationists to congregate. Perhaps the Brookhaven lot could have an attractive area with picnic tables, etc, that is pleasant to spend time in while sharing common interests. As for Upper Port - I'm awaiting the village's plan before I can comment
Fred October 14, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I love the idea of closing down Main St and making it a Pedestrian Mall. As for the shuttle, I think something like a trolley would be ideal. It could connect the RR Station so there is a viable link between the LIRR and the Ferry. Also weekend day trippers could park at the RR parking lot and ride down port with worrying about finding a parking spot while reducing traffic. A simple shuttle could provide this but something like a trolley could become a draw in itself. Keeping it running into the night will also reduce the drunks driving around
Mels Ditties October 14, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Thanx IJoan...very nice to know I have a fan out there...
Mels Ditties October 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Lori...."your time might be better spent getting a positive, optimistic attitude about our town" Believe it or not, when I came to this town over 7 years ago my attitude was upbeat and FULL of hopeful promise for my neck o' the woods (obviously uptown)...I tried...really I did...But instead of getting better, things just got worse and worse and worse to the point where they are now...My comments here are meant more as a last cry for help than they are a putdown...I still see potential in the area and hold on to a glimmer of hope that things CAN change for the better...
Lori Lyons October 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Mels - I am SO happy to hear that you do still have hope - even if it's just a glimmer - that's all we need! We can't give up! I agree that things uptown have become worse and we do need to concentrate on making that a spectacular entrance. I am anxiously awaiting the plan. I hope the "powers that be" are made aware of the ideas and thoughts written here, and would hope that they call on citizens like us to get involved. Have a wonderful day! : > )

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