To the Editor:

Thank you for your ongoing coverage of the Strong’s Marine boat storage project on Mattituck Inlet. As you laid out in your most recent article, the Southold Town Planning Board has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), prepared by an outside consultant and largely shaped by community input over the course of a detailed State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA).  

Strong’s Marine has proposed to excavate about 134,000 cubic yards of sand from a hillside overlooking Mattituck Inlet on West Mill Road to build two roughly 50,000-square-feet heated yacht storage buildings.  The FEIS underscored numerous threats the project poses to the environment and public safety, as well as significant impact to local traffic and community character.

On behalf of the community group Save Mattituck Inlet, we want to thank everybody who participated in the process and encourage the entire community to read the report, available on the Southold Town website (

Regardless of what you think of the project, the report shows that public sentiment is being taken seriously here in Southold Town. The Planning Board has scrupulously followed the SEQRA process and given the public, both pro and con, ample opportunity to participate.

While this process is not over yet – the Planning Board’s final decision may take another month or two – we are deeply heartened to know that an active and thoughtful community is a welcome participant and can make a difference.

Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Jeff Pundyk
Members of the Steering Committee of Save Mattituck Inlet

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