Update 7/3: The time of the July 8 Planning Board meeting has been moved to 5 p.m. The original version of this post listed the original time (6 p.m.)

To the Editor:

Thank you for your comprehensive coverage of the proposed yacht storage development on Mattituck Inlet. 

Pictured Above: Strong’s Yacht Center, with the hill where the new boat storage buildings are proposed behind the existing buildings, as seen from across Mattituck Inlet.

This has been a complex, multi-year journey since Strong’s Yacht Center first proposed building two massive yacht storage buildings on the edge of Mattituck Inlet. The Southold Town Planning Board, as lead agency, undertook a full New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) examination of potential significant environmental impacts, involving lengthy draft environmental impact statements prepared by the developer, thousands of pages of commentary, several contentious public meetings, participation by consultants hired by the developer and by the town, an unprecedented amount of public comment, and, most recently, a review by the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

As you reported, after two chaotic meetings The Suffolk County Planning Commission voted to disapprove of the project. Next step is for the Southold Town Planning Board to render its final decision at a public meeting on July 8.

This has been a long and winding process, but one in which the Southold Planning Board has meticulously followed SEQRA. And, despite all of the procedural complexities and hundreds of voices heard during this environmental review, our objections boil down to two significantly harmful impacts posed by the submitted site plan, neither of which can be mitigated:

  • Drastically changing the topography of the ecosystem by removing the forested hill at the edge of Mattituck Inlet, and all of the environmental impacts that come with it;
  • Trucking out 135,000 cubic yards of sand plus all the other debris, and the many significant public safety, traffic and quality-of-life impacts that come with that.

We applaud the Southold Town Planning Board for running an open and fair-minded process, and we agree with the Suffolk County Planning Commission’s disapproval of the project. Any new alternatives proposed by the developer will require additional environmental review.

We encourage the community to come out to the Southold Town Planning Board meeting on July 8 at 5 p.m. at Southold Town Hall to witness the Planning Board issue its final determination.

Jeff Pundyk and Anne Sherwood Pundyk
Members of Save Mattituck Inlet

Editor’s Note: As of July 3, the time of the July 8 Planning Board meeting has been moved to 5 p.m. The original version of this letter listed the original time (6 p.m.)

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