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Feb 20, 2018 3:28 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Awards Design Contract For Reeves Bay Boardwalk In Flanders

Southampton Town is moving forward with plans to build a boardwalk on Reeves Bay in Flanders. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Feb 21, 2018 9:45 AM

The Southampton Town Board hired an engineer last week to design a boardwalk for Reeves Bay in Flanders.

L.K. McLean Associates of Brookhaven was awarded the $6,540 contract to design the boardwalk on a 4-acre Community Preservation Fund property.

Vince Taldone, president of the Flanders, Riverside Northampton Citizens Advisory Committee, beamed with excitement during a recent interview as he talked about the boardwalk, which is a long walk, or a 10-minute drive, from his Flanders home. “It’s a terrific project,” Mr. Taldone said. “I’m thrilled.”

Mr. Taldone explained that he suspects that a lot of Flanders residents, like himself, will use the boardwalk, set back off Flanders Road, behind the Big Duck, as a destination when taking walks around the community. While Flanders borders the Peconic River, Flanders Bay and Reeves Bay, there are very few access points for residents to enjoy the waterfront scenery.

“A lot of people in the neighborhood won’t drive,” he said. “They will use it for a destination for a walk.”

He added that he hopes the added access will help increase awareness about pollution in the bay.

Mr. Taldone said that, to him, the benefits outweigh the negatives raised by neighbors when the town originally purchased the property with CPF funds in June 2017 for $500,000.

When the town bought the property last year, it housed two circa 1700 buildings—a vacant residence and a barn—that were torn down. The pair of historic structures were built by Josiah Goodale, a descendant of the first settlers of Flanders; opponents pointed out that the peninsula to the rear of the property is still known today as “Goodale Island.”

Opponents to the project voiced concerns about the town’s plans to demolish the pair of buildings, citing its historical significance.

To preserve the buildings, the town would have needed to find a steward for the properties and use a different source of funding to purchase the property. The town ultimately decided that the CPF was the best source of cash so it could preserve the wetlands bordering the bay.

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Hoping funds are in place for completion. Let's not have another half completed project.
By A Great American (97), East Quogue on Feb 21, 18 12:46 PM
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