North Haven Village is giving residents one last chance to pick up their boats and small water crafts from the village’s beach near the end of Sunset Beach Road. Previously, the final day was slated for Saturday, October 31, but the deadline will most likely be extended to December 1. According to the board, the beach has been blighted with abandoned boats, kayaks, canoes and other water crafts for several years.
At a meeting in early October, village clerk Georgia Welch said she issued only 17 permits for storing small boats, kayaks and the like at the beach. Welch added that nearly 20 such vessels were being illegally stowed at the site.
By Sunday, October 30, there were only 13 water vehicles at the beach, including four kayaks, two sunfish and three Hobie Cat sailboats. Several members of the board believed they knew the owners of at least three of the vessels.
“It used to be 30 to 35 [boats],” said trustee James Morrissey, noting the situation has been mitigated a bit.
However, trustee George Butts theorized that at least six of those water crafts have been abandoned by their owners. Village attorney Anthony Tohill argued that transporting these seafaring apparatuses off-site would be very expensive for the municipality.
“You can do a resolution tonight directing me to prepare and publish a notice [in the newspapers] … giving [owners] one final opportunity to remove their boats,” said Tohill.
Morrissey asked if the board could auction off the vessels after the December 1 deadline, but Tohill said municipalities typically hold the property.
Resident Gail Gambino is hoping to start a village-wide trash pick up initiative. After noticing an uptake in garbage on village roadways over the spring and summer, Gambino approached the board about backing a volunteer program. Trustee Jeff Sander pointed out that North Haven includes several private residential associations who pay separate dues to keep their roadways tidy. Although the board seemed supportive of the idea, some members said the structure of the program needed to be fleshed out.