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Public Hearing for Greenport-Sag Harbor Ferry Set for Tuesday

Suffolk County Legislature to hear feedback on proposal at meeting in Riverside.

Discussion over a passenger ferry linking Sag Harbor and Greenport has inspired discussion on both sides of the Peconic Bay in recent months, and residents have another opportunity to let their voice be heard on Tuesday afternoon.

While business communities on both sides of Shelter Island have expressed support for the idea of a ferry directly linking the two villages,  and Sag Harbor have brought parking concerns to the fore.

 is proposing the project, and owner Geoff Lynch said he is hoping to partner with local school districts to lease parking spaces for ferry customers. Though if parking - among other things - can't be worked out, the project wouldn't even move forward. It's been proposed as a one-year, pilot project and would be expected to last from shortly after Memorial Day through October.

“If negatives outweigh the positives, we’ll drop it,” Lynch said at the Greenport hearing.

public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Riverside in front of the Suffolk County Legislature to hear comments related to a ferry license and the proposed rates ($11 one-way, $20 round-trip). Public hearings begin at 2:30 p.m.

According to Sag Harbor Village Attorney Fred Thiele, approval for a special permit would be necessary on the south side. A permit for a platform from the Department of Environmental Conservation may be necessary too, he said, adding that Sag Harbor Trustees are expected to vote on the measure in May.

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A second public hearing in Greenport is scheduled for May 10 at the red schoolhouse.

Marguerite Orestuk April 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
MO Not concerned over town or towns-people only how to make big bucks for a few people. Greenporter's rise up before you become and Orienter.
Marguerite Orestuk April 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
PS an Orienter, did not proof read.
sjsjs May 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
When is this starting? Its a good idea for both towns and won't create issues with traffic.. While conserving fuel usage for boaters .. Don't know why this wasn't done sooner ..
tim valenti May 12, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Greenport, stop shooting yourself in your own foot ( feet at this point ). The town is banrupt and all the local business are, or are looking to get out. Even Claudio's. If you are so concerned w parking, build a two story parking garage where the station is now, or use the schools parking lots on weekends. It is only three months out of the year that traffic will be any type of issue, but ask any business owner how crucial those three months are to there survival. Greenport is alway's going to be a special place. It would only be that much better if it could get itself out of debt....plus it is not just about Greenport, it is also about the wineries, the farms, the BB's and the entire Northfork as a whole. Get over it and be smart and approve the ferry. Everyone bettter for it.
Benja Schwartz May 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM
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