Winter Meeting Highlights
Winter Meeting Update
We wanted to thank everyone who took the time to attend our annual Winter Meeting in January. In the interest of maintaining members’ privacy, the Executive Board has decided not to publish the minutes on our website, however, we are eager to share them with our members. We have outlined the highlights of the meeting below. For those who are interested, the complete minutes are available as a pdf or hard copy to current members; simply contact us to request a copy.
A Note About Dues
Speaking of “current members,” we’re encouraged by the response so far to our request for dues in our recent membership letter. And we hasten to add, grateful for those of you who added a little more in the way of a donation either by check or PayPal payment. But we still have a long way to go, especially in being able to provide “fee-free” social gatherings in the year ahead. If you haven’t done so already, please send us your dues today.
Winter Meeting Highlights
* The past year has been a year of fine-tuning of the new BBCA, including improving the means of communication with members. Members are encouraged to provide feedback on these efforts.
*The detailed Treasurer’s report presented at the meeting is available for the asking.
* The BBCA Welcome Packet continues to be improved and copies are available to all new neighbors to the barrier beaches. In addition, Cate Xeller, our new Membership Chair is planning on creating a similar packet for all current members later this spring.
* The Spring Cocktail Party will take place at the Gilgo Beach Inn, and will be hosted by Paul McDuffie (date in May, TBD).
* Community Center delays revolve around septic system approvals from Suffolk County Department of Health. Nevertheless, TOB Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez is anticipating those approvals this spring and is fully committed to starting construction work as soon as that occurs.
* BBCA continues to seek improved internet access on the barrier island and is working closely with local officials to receive improvements promised as a result of the merger of Cablevision and Altice. State Senator Phil Boyle and his District Director Gordon Canary both attended the meeting and spoke about this topic, among others.
* NY Rising Community Redevelopment Program continues to move forward and barrier beach communities are anticipating the installation of back-up power generators for water supply systems in West Gilgo and at the Bob Sweeney Fishing Center at Cedar Beach sometime this year.
* Bids for extending the bike path from Tobay to Captree are to be solicited in late 2019, with construction to begin in 2020. Senator Boyle’s office offered to host a meeting of DOT officials, TOB, and local representatives to be involved in the planning process. That meeting is still being scheduled.
* BBCA apparel is available. Check the website for available stock.
* The Executive Board will pursue this possibility of re-establishing a “List of Benefactors” to garner additional revenue.
* An improved police presence will be provided at the Sore Thumb to monitor increased 4x4 access as a result of beach access closure at Gilgo.
—Jed Meade, 2/11/2017
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