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Poll: No End In Sight for Crescent Beach Closing

How important is it to you?

The high bacteria levels at Crescent Beach have had it closed to swimmers since July 2009, with a perimeter set up two years later to prohibit shellfish harvesting just off the beach as the rest of Hempstead Harbor was reopened to the practice after four decades of it being illegal.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi has recently said that the question of Crescent Beach currently has no practical answer - testing done by the state Department of Environmental Conservation suggests that the contaminants are human-caused, not the result of an earlier theory of animal feces runoff.

If the pollutants are indeed coming from sewage systems from the residential properties in the hills above Crescent Beach, Suozzi said there is only so much the city can presently do. Systems would have to be evaluated and fixed one-by-one, a costly measure in each individual case.

What priority do you place on the issue of Crescent Beach? Vote in our poll.

Robert Panzenbeck III April 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
This is a mess that needs to be fixed. Crescent Beach was a quiet, beautiful place to swim. Determining what the problem is and fixing it is a legitimate function of government. The Glen Cove taxpayers deserve a resolution.
GCPete April 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Something really doesn't add up here. Apparently 'Xanadu' is going to be built just upstream for hundreds of millions of dollars despite the fact that the water that is supposed to be 'the draw' cannot really be used??? Who wants to bet that the building will go ahead as planned, no legit people will move in so we tax-paying homeowners will be left holding the bag ... again. Im afraid that I just don't believe any of these people any longer. Sadly, it seems that the most viable business in Glen Cove is the one that produces the 'For Rent / For Sale' signs.
Alan Stone April 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM
the city of Glen cove needs to stop playing around with "the richies" in The North country Colony..Isn't this right of eminent domain(sp)...I'm sure there are some septic systems in The Colony that are bad !!!Stop jerking around and start testing the soil in the area ..or are the GC Politicos afraid of the "richies"??? Anyone left in Glen Cove with any balls????
Kristina S. Heuser April 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It is completely unacceptable that the beach has been closed for going on its 4th season and there is no real plan in place to rectify the problem (in fact, they supposedly have not even identified the "source" of the problem, even though it is clearly being caused by a or multiple failed septic system(s). Alan Stone, you are absolutely right in my opinion. Local government has the authority to prevent people from polluting the waterways, so why aren't they using the iron fist they are equipped with? Since I am involved with the political "opposition", surely I would be accused of making a political issue out of this. So, I would encourage residents to do their own digging and see just who owns property in that area, and which political party and elected officials they are involved with and make political contributions to. Maybe, just maybe, the answer lies there. Either way, even if that is not at the heart of the issue, there is no excuse for letting this beach be closed for this amount of time and indefinitely. I live in the adjacent Red Spring colony and homeowners in my area and in North Country colony are deeded private beach rights, which we have been denied (without our tax bill reflecting the loss of property, of course). Another point - if we were connected to the sewer system, the problems with the cesspools could be avoided, but the City is broke and has bad credit so cannot pay for this capital improvement.
Dr.Helen Greene April 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
It is the city's responsibility to see rhat the water is clean and the road repaired.It is unconscionable that the source of the problem is not identified and made to clean up the problem.The longer this problem continues the more damage will be done to the reputation of our current local government leaders.
maria venuto April 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Why aren't the owners of the offending properties identified and fined? Instead of the rest of us are paying the price in the loss of our public beach.
cc April 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM
money talks the rest of us walk
Drew Lawrence April 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Christina, I was under the impression we've been at the same City Council meetings. If you listened you would know that : A. the City doesn't own the sewer system nor does it install them. That's the County now. B. The City has been diligently testing septic systems when they are permitted access, which is not always granted. C. It is my understanding that Crescent Beach is privately owned and permission to use is contingent upon a swap for some street maintenance. If so, then the owners have a stake in this too but have yet to anti up anything. The whole thing is like finding a needle in a hay stack and the only way to do it is by removing one piece of hay at a time. Get some help for the City & stop complaining so much about it and maybe it'll get rectified sooner. Drew Lawrence
GCPete April 13, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Seeing as the vast majority of voters in the non-scientific poll above feel that this is important, it would be great to have those who are in leadership positions here step up and so something about this. Throwing your hands up and blaming someone else is probably why there are mostly vacant, or worse burnt out, buildings around Glen Cove. Call me an idealist but I was under the impression that Mayors and City Council members were elected not to just give them a job and benefits but to step up and lead when things aren't quite as they should be ... not just attend ribbon cutting ceremonies for the newest $.99 cent store. Iron fisted I agree and not a fair comparison, but it took Mayor Giuliani less time to clean up much of New York City in less time than Glen Cove has been able to fix this water issue. Someone other than residents needs to get angry about this and fix it. Get creative :)
sam May 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
What "Damn"shame!Crescent Beach has away's been close to my heart,my Mom&Dad met there.My mother was the chauffers daughter at Webb(the old Pratt's)I hung out there,my kids,there friends.GC has alway's had 3 beach's.Come on GC make a stink!You pay big TAXES to live around water.CALL CH 12 COME ON!!!!!!
sam May 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
My favorite teacher in my 12 yrs of school and she is right! Sandy N
i want to be proud of my town August 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It's government business as usual...smoke and mirrors all day long. Unless the problem directly affects a town big shot or friends of the big shots in town, it always gets put on the back burner. Look at our day laborer issues, illegal housing and especially the water front! It's time for changing of the guards.

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