Billy Joel sang "There ain't no Island left for islanders like me" nearly 20 years ago.
Soon there will be even less Long Island on the north shore:
For decades, the flotilla of houseboats hidden behind a row of marinas on Manhasset Bay here have weathered hurricanes, deep freezes and the buildup of mud on the bottom.
Fears of Development Ruffle Long Island Houseboat Haven
Manorhaven, on Long Island, is home to 55 houseboats.
But now the owners — whose 55 floating homes constitute the largest such community remaining on Long Island — fear a new threat that, in this area of high property values, seems more powerful than any act of God: development.
The mayor of this village, Nicholas B. Capozzi, is pushing a plan to open the area, long zoned for commercial marine use, for residential development. The boat-dwellers say this will allow luxury condominiums to rise at the marinas where they dock, leaving them without their boat slips.
Now luxury condos are pushing people out to sea.