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Town Board Tables Beach Parking Fee Discussion

Councilwoman Bonner is working on a resolution that would repeal the beach and marina parking fees, but needs more time to do so.

The Brookhaven Town Board on Tuesday tabled a discussion of the it recently enacted for town beaches and marinas, voting unanimously to postpone the resolution until the next board meeting on May 8.

Councilwoman Jane Bonner originally intended to present a resolution that would repeal the resident fee for beach and marina parking, originally established the first week in April.

Bonner said she is working with town agencies to find $625,000 in budget savings that would allow the town board to consider repealing the parking fees; for instance, she said, the parks commissioner gave up $25,000 in overtime allowances to make up part of the difference.

However, Bonner said, they remain $175,000 away from their goal.

Additionally, town supervisor Mark Lesko said Tuesday's already-packed meeting schedule would likely have prevented the town board and residents from being able to devote proper time to the discussion.

Bonner asked residents to be patient until the board's next meeting.

"In good conscience I can’t put forward a resolution that repeals a fee that creates a budget deficit," she said. "We continue to comb through the budget…to reduce budget lines that we don’t need to have."

However, some feel May 8 may be too late to talk about changing the town law, as it will begin enforcement on May 12.

"We are taxpayers but not lawbreakers and we need to get to our boats, slips, and moorings," said Thomas Lynch of Miller Place. "When I am paying $1,700 in town taxes, $150 in mooring tax, and $85 in boat launch tax, why do they need another $25 from my family?"

Affected beaches and marinas include: Mt. Sinai Marina, Port Jefferson Marina, Blue Point Marina, Sandspit Marina, Cedar Beach Main and West, Shoreham Beach, West Meadow Beach, and Corey Beach.

Should the parking fee be repealed, Bonner said, those residents who have already paid the fee will receive a refund.

Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version to include the refund information.

Matthew Lott May 02, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Her campaign contribution records tell a different story.
RockyPointDiver May 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Hmmm... "Kabuki theater" and an obsession with campaign contributions. Gee, I wionder who THAT could be?
brookhavenconfusing May 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
LOL... suddenly "Mr. Uninformed - I never heard anything about this" is getting inside information from a family member that works for the town? Strange how that family member didn't alert you to the fee in the first place. :-)
Thomas Lynch May 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Go "fetch" your stickers at town hall. The repeal FAILED. The TAX stands. anohter 600 grand of our money for the politicians to squander. Mooring permit/tax up 20%, Ramp fee/tax up 20%, now a parking tax. And they STILL are millions in the hole? They need to SPEND less and stop raising our fees and taxes. They are like crack whores, with out of control spendng.
Matthew Lott May 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thomas, you mean the FAKE "repeal". Another performance from our Town Board, to fool you into thinking someone is looking out for you. They are All alike....out for themselves and to "cash in" from their personal Town Board "ATM card" ! You don't honestly think, that what Lesko wants, in the end, Lesko is going to get from these board members, do you ?

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