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Dredging to Make Nissequogue River Marina More Navigable

Project set to begin in December.

A dredging project for the Nissequogue River State Park Marina will begin this December allowing for better navigation in the south marina area.

According to Ron Foley, Regional Director of State Parks, the area will have a deeper channel and be will be more usable at high and low tide.

“Boats are touching the bottom at low tide. This will remedy that problem and make a navigable channel whether it is high or low tide."

According to Mike Rosato, Chairman of the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, the dredging, redesign and upgrading of the marina has been a priority of the parks department for several years.

“This is an extremely important and special part of the park. It’s the only functioning marina in Kings Park providing boat slips and access to the beautiful Nissequogue River,” said Rosato.

Boater Linda Henninger thinks the project is long overdue.

“It is a great idea and about time. It’s great to have boats down at the marina but you need to have water to have boats,” said Henninger.

The dredging is part of an overall redevelopment of the facility.

“There is a modernization of the whole area that is on the drawing board that is not able to be funded yet,” said Foley.

That phase would include adding a boat launch and increasing the amount of spaces for boat trailers.

According to David Flynn of the Smithtown Planning Department, the number of slips will eventually be reduced from 148 to 126 but the spaces for boat trailer parking would go from none to 22.

“The access remains the same at 148 since they are adding a boat launch and spots for trailers,” said Flynn.

According to Foley the dredging project is being funded by money left over from the capital budget. The remainder of the project remains unfunded.

“We are ready to do it anytime the funding becomes available. The funding is part of the whole state budget process,” said Foley.

The dredging is expected to take about three weeks and silt removed will be put in an area south of the marina.

“Navigability is the big gain,” said Foley.  “The next phase will be much more dramatic.”

diane tabone October 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Wonderful news...long overdue. Now the entrance to the river needs to be done (again).
Steven Tringali October 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM
What about the mouth to the Nissequogue river? The current there is extremely dangerous for all, especially boats who launch their boats. The risks are extreme from the currents. I've seen many boats miss the dock only to gr slammed into the next platform or corner. The inlet to the river should be dredged (notice the danger, low water buoy when navigating?) and a jetty put in place to minimize the currents and erosion. No wonder people die in that river, that was a tragedy waiting to happen, anyone who enters that river risks their life. Come on Smithtown, do what is right and safe for your residents.
Linda Henninger October 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM
I have a small 21 footer and can't use the ramp at the bluff to launch anymore. The rip is way too strong for us most times. Even if it is ok when my sons and i go out, it may not be ok when we return.
DOC October 14, 2011 at 01:06 PM
VERY DISTURBING how NYState (in this economy using our limited resources) was able to agressively force out the Hospital Employee's Nissequogue Yacht Club members (local residents) that built and maintained the boating facility since the 60's, in only 4 years can cut thru the the environmental red tape that has supposedly kept the requested dredging from happening for the prior occupants. The boat basin was the discharge outflow of the KP Hospital Laundry building resulting in countless kinds and ammounts of contaminants that will now be pumped up onto the environmently sensitive greenbelt near the tidal wetlands. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE and and WHO IS RESPONSSIBLE? Of course we will probably never know because most will say....what can you do? What about the state kyack launch facility that supposedly had a budget of only $5,000. was able to afford cutting down all those trees, excavate the area and build that hardwood staircase into the water. I bet the planning and permits (probably circumvented) cost more than that! But, lets celebrate because now we can float in a remote boat basin and stiil can not navigate the river and channel that were dredged many times by wasted money and incompetance! Keep up the good work. LOL
Nissequogue Nut October 14, 2011 at 05:14 PM
This whole story is full of irony. These marinas used to operate at zero cost to the taxpayers. The local boating community paid for the marinas and provided the man-power to maintain them. Now we have full-time state employees there. The marinas have never looked worse. More and more trees being removed with no improvement to marina services. This is advertised as the state making the water more accessible, but it is opposite from the truth. Since the state has taken over, the water has never been harder to access. This marina puts the docks in later, and pulls them out earlier than any other marina on the island. This is done with no regard for the boaters who might enjoy spring and fall fishing. Plus, they close the ramp when they pull the docks. The marina manager(s) clearly do not have a clue. Why dredge half of a marina? Just to spend the money? Stirring up the bottom and making a mess of the place and it accomplishes nothing. It doesn't improve the boating scene at all. If your boat is so big that you can't trailer it, you have to be enraged about the short season, or the mouth of the river, not the back of the basin. They should save the money....because next year they will tell us there is no budget to put the docks in, and we'll be sitting on land looking at our nice 4ft deep mud hole.
KpNibbler October 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM
If the state/town of smithtown were smart they would take a look at how CT does their Marinas...If done properly there could be lots of $$ to be had...First, they need to redo the mouth of the Nissequogue and the entire channel..they need to make it safer and more accessible. Maybe add a special route with buoys for kayakers... Next they need to expand the marina, get rid of those wasteful mooring buoys...they could add dozens of slips. Make some of them pay-per-day...and lastly, why not make a small main street type area over by the yacht club...some over priced boutiques , resturants, and a bar or two...Make the Nissequogue a destination...all that land is going to waste ....lease it out and bring in some money...this is all a pipe dream though, cause we all know the state and town love to just waste money instead of coming up with ways to make money...
Cat October 16, 2011 at 03:31 AM
Does anyone need the Marina's address? Because that is where the dredging bill must be sent. I sure don't want to pay for it. Any non-boating people out there want to share the cost? There are taxpayer initiatives, and there are Marina, boat owner, I can't navigate the river initiatives. Please, recognize the difference and allocate the costs appropriately.
Dave Adams October 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM
I'm wondering how the state who I thought was on the brink of default has "money left over from the capital budget". I think money left over might be allocated to something a little more important in this state. I propose the people who won the lottery to keep their boats in the marina and get the "pleasure" of using it fork over the money if they want the place dredged.
sally murray October 16, 2011 at 04:23 PM
OMG -- $300 for a "plastic Sign" 4 signs $1,200 ridiculous! Creighton / Werheim really know how to waste the Towns Tax Money. Very curious to learn: Did the signs go out for “competitive bid” or to a Creighton / Werheim friendly donor? We need to investigate this; I contacted -3- independent sign mfg's and they all replied; these "small street sign" should cost approximately $65 - $125 or less. Not $300 per sign as authorized by Creighton & Werheim. Just another Bad Example of political disregard for Tax Payer Dollars. Can't wait for election day 11-8-2011 and vote for new fiscal conservative candidates. Smithtown needs to get rid of the "Double Dipping DUO" Creighton & Werheim who are Gaming the Government System $115,000 (each) for their personal gain. ($$60,000 pensions & $55,000 Council Pay per person) I hope every one who reads this is outraged when political pros over pay for little plastic signs and waste your tax payer dollars? It's YOUR MONEY being WASTED!!! This is why taxes go up and you can afford new things.
ArmyLife October 16, 2011 at 07:56 PM
How is EARNING a pension from a previous career and pay from a current position double dipping?
Dave Adams October 17, 2011 at 12:41 AM
how did the sign theft wind up in the dredging blog?
KpNibbler October 17, 2011 at 01:00 AM
As a boater I agree with the non boaters that don't want to pay and they shouldn't...The state should return the Marina to the KPYC and allow them to look after the area. Allow them to collect their member dues and maintain the area as they had for many years before the state kicked them out. I can't believe they are reducing the amount of slips available when there is such a huge waiting list. From what I hear the have made a huge mess of things down at the marina already with this dredging project...what a waste of money...
DOC December 04, 2011 at 02:28 PM
SERIOUSLY, KP Patch, can you run this story again? How can the dredging continue when NYS is in a fiscal crisis? What about the environmental issues of dumping the contaminated soils in the tidal wetlands greenbelt? How does NYS and our local Smithtown Government circumvent these questions?
Fred Stewart December 05, 2011 at 01:53 PM
that's disgusting... those signs should be bidded out... too much waste...
Dave Adams December 05, 2011 at 07:56 PM
@Fred I did a little searching on the net and believe it or not, that's what they cost and then some. I looked in a few places. http://www.seton.com/in-street-pedestrian-crosswalk-signs-l2216.html There must be some kind of federal law mandating how they are constructed or something, you know like the $800 hammers.
kp resident January 09, 2012 at 03:19 AM
What about the people in San Remo who have to listen to this dredging nonsense 24/7. Sounds like a helicopter hovering over my house all night long. Perhaps some of the town codes can be enforced here or is this project exempt from regulations???
new guy January 09, 2012 at 09:53 AM
just curious, how does patch.com allow two people have almost the same user name? only difference is i have dots inbetween my K P?

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