Monday, April 22, 2013

A sad example for Earth Day

From SI Live:

Despite being approved by the state and city, a handful of local organizations have come together to try and prevent a Mansion Avenue property from having three residential structures built on it.

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, the Great Kills Yacht Club, and the Natural Resources Protective Association (NRPA) are working together, hoping to convince the state to withdraw a wetland permit that allows for construction of three new homes near Great Kills Harbor.

"No houses in Great Kills Harbor!" is the slogan of the new coalition formed to fight against construction on the tidal wetlands.

Citing dangers to natural wetlands and the possibility of the constructed homes being flooded from massive storms, Ellen Pratt, conservation committee chairperson for Protectors, said the DEC approval makes no sense.

"The developer is fighting to build in wetlands at the same time (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds are being used to buy tidal wetlands," Ms. Pratt said.

The coalition plans to press the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to withdraw a wetland permit which allowed for construction of three new homes at the water's edge, a permit granted prior to Hurricane Sandy.

The permit request was approved last June.

In the summer of 2011, every Staten Island politician, at the request of the Great Kills Yacht Club, united against the proposal that involved building on Mansion. They wrote to the state agency to voice their concerns, but were not able to prevent the DEC from green-lighting the project.

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