2005-11-17 / Other News

Sen. Kruger Opposes Mill Basin Marina Application

Site of controversy: One of Mill Basin’s many marinas.
Site of controversy: One of Mill Basin’s many marinas. State Senator Carl Kruger, who represents several south Brooklyn communities, is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject a marina operator’s plan to expand a boat yard in Mill Basin – a plan the lawmaker says will “disrupt the ecological balance of Jamaica Bay” and impede homeowners’ views of the waterway, among other issues.

In a letter to Michael Vissichelli, chief of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Eastern Permits Section, Kruger sharply criticized the application submitted by boat yard owner Donato DeMeglio to remove 11 slips on the northeast side of his marina in East Mill Basin and add 22 slips to the southwest side.

A year ago, according the state senator, the same applicant executed a “swap” of several dock slips also on the northeast side.

Kruger said. “Now, however, he wants to wants to decommission additional slips that require rehabilitation on the northeast side and add an unequal number of slips to the southwest side while making no capital improvements to the area in question.”

Homeowners in Mill Island have complained to Kruger that the proposal is “an impediment to the waterway that will disrupt the ecological balance of Jamaica Bay and block views from the homes,” he said.

The Albany pol said there have already been incidents at the applicant’s marina involving boaters bringing in alcohol and “causing disturbances at all hours, demonstrating a glaring disrespect not simply of maritime regulations but of general neighborliness.”

He said that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has been asked to intercede because of dumping at the location. Kruger also said work has already begun to reconfigure the slips – without the Army Corps’ necessary approval.

Kruger noted that Community Board 18 and local civic associations have expressed their opposition to the plan.

“Given the widespread community opposition, I urge the Army Corps of Engineers to deny this ill-founded application and open up the process so that the community and elected officials have a say in the granting of these permits,” Kruger said.

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