The Sag Harbor Village Harbor Committee renewed calls this week for the creation of a committee to draft a long term plan for Long Wharf. It’s a plan which Bruce Tait, the Harbor Committee’s chairman, said should be crafted with input from residents of Sag Harbor.
On Monday, February 11, the Harbor Committee asked building department secretary Doris Alvarez to send a memo to the Sag Harbor Village Board requesting it be allowed to hold a series of public meetings about what the long-term vision for Long Wharf should be.
In early January, the Village of Sag Harbor officially took over the deed to Long Wharf from Suffolk County. The wharf, technically a county road before the purchase, needs over $600,000 in repairs according to a memo drafted in 2010 by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.
On Monday, Tait said he was concerned that a recent meeting between the village’s Board of Trustees and the building department had already occurred. The meeting was about installing lighting and making other minor improvements on Long Wharf, but it happened without the input of the Harbor Committee. The committee is tasked with also ensuring the village and local development adheres to the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) and serves as an advisory board to the trustees regarding anything happening on the waterfront.
“I think the village needs a long-term vision for what is going to happen to Long Wharf,” said Tait. “I think Long Wharf is important enough to the character of the village that the residents and taxpayers have the right to be involved in this discussion.”
Tait said he would like the Harbor Committee to host those public hearings.
Mia Grosjean, President of Save Sag Harbor, agreed the Harbor Committee was a critical board in the village and should be involved in any discussions regarding the waterfront. She noted Long Wharf is one of the most important landmarks in Sag Harbor, but is unsafe and underutilized.
“We are here to support you and do whatever we can,” said Grosjean.