Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Lee Zeldin (1st District of New York)
May 16, 2022
SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced that the dredging of North Sea Harbor Inlet began on Saturday and is expected to be completed by June 3, 2022. The purpose of the dredge is to reopen the inlet for boaters, which was experiencing safety issues because the water levels in some portions of the inlet had become too low for passage.
Congressman Zeldin’s office worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and local officials to get the necessary permit approved and the dredge underway in time for the boating season.
“The North Sea Harbor Inlet is a critical artery for eastern Long Island’s maritime economy. After successfully collaborating with officials at all levels of government, I am glad to have been able to secure the required permit and get this project started in a timely fashion, so that the inlet is a safe passage for boaters as we approach the busiest time of year for our communities’ fishing, tourism, restaurant and recreational businesses,” said Congressman Zeldin.
“Boating season is upon us, but the shoaling at North Sea Harbor Inlet had created dangerous conditions for boaters, including those who use the Town’s marina at Conscience Point. Thanks to the efforts of the Suffolk County DPW, the Southampton Town Trustees, Assemblyman Thiele and Congressman Zeldin, all permits have been secured from the State and Federal agencies and the dredging has begun,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.
“I want to personally thank Congressman Zeldin and his team for their diligent efforts in cutting through the bureaucracy to get the critical maintenance dredging permit in hand for North Sea Harbor in Southampton. With Congressman Zeldin’s help, this project will keep the creek healthy with proper water flow and allow boaters to navigate in and out of the creek safely for this boating season,” said Strong Marine President Jeff Strong.