Integrity of St. David AME Zion Church Threatened by Gas Station
To the Editor:
Two recent articles, “Highlighting Historic Eastville”, (21 Nov. 2012) and “Bell Tower Restoration Planned in Eastville by Local Scout”, (15 Nov. 2012) celebrate a renewed interest in preserving Sag Harbor’s Eastville community and its historic St. David’s AME Zion Church. This is great news, and we fully support these efforts. Unmentioned in these articles, however, is the imminent overdevelopment of the Harbor Heights gas station directly behind St. David’s, and the threat posed to this officially designated landmark building and this historic district in general.
The proposed development remains significantly larger than zoning allows, and reduces those measures which would mitigate the effect of this intensified use. To be more clear:
• a 7-11 style store would be built almost double the size allowed;
• gasoline dispensers would be doubled;
• one of the largest gas canopies on the South Fork constructed;
• the auto repair building expanded by 83 percent instead of the 50 percent allowed size.
• traffic to the site is expected to rise by 300 percent (the developers numbers).
To protect neighbors like St. David’s from the increased noise and visual clutter, zoning requires 30 feet of trees and shrubs around the perimeter of the property; this developer offers only 5 to 15.6 feet. The list goes on.
While we are in favor of Harbor Heights being renovated, we are adamant that present zoning requirements be followed. Just a few years ago, after much careful thought and public input, the Village of Sag Harbor updated its zoning rules and requirements.
Included in those zoning rules are sensible limits to expansion and renovation of the gas stations in the village. These limits are there to protect the character of the neighborhoods in which these businesses are located, and to prevent development which would harm neighbors and the public interest. It is our firm belief that these guidelines are fair and well considered; they should not be ignored or discarded for private gain.
We applaud the efforts of the community to preserve the history and integrity of Eastville, St. David, and the village as a whole. In that spirit, we urge your readers to email the Zoning Board of Appeals at firstname.lastname@example.org and demand that zoning rules be upheld. The issue is on the agenda for December 18, 6:30 p.m., and public attendance and input is encouraged.
Please publish letter to the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals.
Dear Board Members,
Jim and I are writing to tell you we think it imperative to enforce zoning code as written. It is one thing to relieve someone in a true hardship case and quite another to disregard zoning as it exists for the business gain of another. For years I worked as president of the Sag Harbor Historical Society to help oversee our residential areas and historic places. We are neighbors of the garage and the additional traffic, lighting and noise generated by the plan put forth is unacceptable.
The Eastville area is also very historic and their Historical Society sits just across from the station. It seems that the village does not have very high regard for Historic Eastville and the people who reside there. Please consider carefully what you will be subjecting them to and modify the plan to fit the existing zoning restrictions.
Joan and Jim Tripp
Signs of Growth
To the Editor,
In early December the Christmas season has begun. I’ve noticed in letters to the editor on the topic leading to another controversy of what would Jesus say? Nevertheless the Prince of Peace is on his way. This year Jesus will arrive during multiple wars in the Middle East with no end in sight. Also we have learned from our government 800,000 of our soldiers have been deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, victims of P.T.S.D. in their future. These are our children. Under these circumstances one might ask has Christianity evolved in the past 2,000 years? I believe there are some signs of growth.
Among them do you remember the popular Christian hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” marching on to war with the cross of Jesus going on before? I guess that was a long time heresy of some kind. But now has the American flag flown in its place? If no, would that have taken a heavy burden off of Jesus? At least, there are signs of growth.
Peace be with you.
Remembering the Railroad
The Long Island Railroad years in Sag Harbor (1869-1939) will be the exhibit at the Sag Harbor Historical Society for the 2013 season. Our past exhibits of Trout Pond and Long Beach were successful because of old photos, documents, and great stories contributed by the public. (We scan and return your photos within a day or two.)
If you have or know of people who could help with any of these, please contact me, Jean Held 725-2690, or the Historical Society 725-5092. For example, if anyone knows of a photo of the beloved trolley’s conductor, that would be a real find; I know he had a handlebar mustache. Sometimes an old photo will have something in the background of interest. Check out your old photos and family memories. We hope to hear from you.
Sag Harbor Historical Society
Thanks From Noyac
On behalf of the Noyac Civic Council, I would like to thank the many persons who pitched in to make our Holiday Dinner Dance a huge success.
First, I’d like to thank WLNG for their many years of service by airing our Holiday Festivities announcement. Dave Lee also deserves a thank you for also publicizing our events.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, Mike and Betty Dowling hosted the delicious Children’s Party at their Noyac restaurant, M.J. Dowling’s. At least 40 children were surprised by Santa. Diane and Phil Bucking, owners of the Sag Harbor Garden Center, generously donated the Christmas tree which we proudly decorated at the traffic circle at Long Beach and Noyac Road.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the staff at The Coast Grill did a superb job of preparing and serving gourmet food to a full house of revelers for our sold-out dinner dance. Many Noyac residents and businesses donated gifts for our door prizes and raffle, and we would like to acknowledge them: Marilyn and Dennis Downes, Judge and Carol Burke, the Noyac Liquor Store, the Whalebone General Store, Cromer’s Market, George Heine Realty, Cappelletti Restaurant, Dowlings Restaurant, The Bridge Golf Course, Marders Nursery, Joe’s Garage, Lynch’s Garden Center and King Kullen Supermarket.
Diane Hewett, proprietor of DCH Graphics must be recognized for her professional design and layout of our holiday flyers and printed matter. The NCC also thanks Ralph DiSpigna, Lori Blakeney, Linda Kamph, Joan O’Brien, Elfie Winkle, and Chuck Neuman who either collected tickets or sold raffle tickets to support the NCC Scholarship Fund during our dinner dance. (I apologize to anyone I might have left out of the thank you list.)
The NCC asks our community to patronize our local businesses, especially during the holiday season. The Noyac Civic Council wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah and a Happy New Year.
Elena Loreto, President,
Noyac Civic Council