Fishing banned at Shoreham Beach

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fisherman

East Setauket, NY

#1 Oct 11, 2008
The town of Brookhaven has banned fishing at Shoreham Beach. People have been fishing at this beach for years. After labor day, they closed the beach to EVERYONE, but after some outcry the beach was reopened. Fishing is still banned there. The town board is doing the bidding of some local shore front residents who are trying to turn public beaches into private beaches.

Brookhaven residents pay incredibly high taxes for use of public parks, beaches, etc , and are now being denied access to these beaches. The Town of Brookhaven has 153 miles of coastline and a population of 448,519 with only 14 areas to go fishing legally.

In my opinion, these actions by the town board are illegial and only serve a select few , not all the residents of Brookhaven.

Many groups are now fighting this ban , but the town will not budge.

There is an on-line petition on this issue. If you care about your rights, whether you are a fisherman or not, please sign the petition and spread the word. We can not let this action by the town board stand.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/shorehamba...

Timothy P. Mazzei Councilman

Keith Romaine Councilman

1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, N.Y. 11738

Dear Town Board Members:

The Town of Brookhaven has 153 miles of coastline and a population of 448,519 with only 14 areas to go fishing legally.

Recreational fishing is the number 1 pastime in the United States. Saltwater anglers are estimated at 10 million individuals in the United States. Salt and freshwater fishing combined add over $60 billion to the U.S. economy. Many town residents find walking along the beach and fishing one of their favorite pastimes as it is affordable and beneficial to their quality of life. Yet one board members zeal to benefit a few, has made a public statement that anyone going fishing through Shoreham Town Park property would be treated as a criminal.

Why has the town closed Shoreham Park on September 1st , 2008 to all users? This clearly benefits a few at the expenses of many residents.

I find the fishing policies of this board to be repressive and whose purpose is put into effect to benefit a few wealthy shore front home owners, so they may have their own private beach.

Sincerely,

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