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From: Pat Aitken <aitkenpatri...@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Jones beach west end closed
To: Robert Paxton <r...@columbia.edu>

The sand that was dug out from the site by the coast guard station was used
in construction of the new education center.  I learned that it always was
the intention to remove that sand, but I agree, the parks did a very poor
job at communicating to the public.

There are no plans to run the offshore cable or any support structures
through Jones Beach.  Parks is well aware there would be massive opposition.

They are not using the building for a drive through, they have set up tents
in the lot.  I am sure if you Google search it, you will see what has been
set up.

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 2:30 PM Robert Paxton <r...@columbia.edu> wrote:

> Dear Pat Aitken,
>       When we were at the Coast Guard Station at Jones West End last
> Sunday March 15, we were surprised to see extensive new grading that cut
> across the gravel road out to the fishing docks. It looked like some sort
> of construction might be about to begin there.
>    Does this mean that the proposed support base for offshore wind
> turbines is beginning to be built there, and that visitors are being kept
> out for that reason?
>    How could the Nature Center be a "drive through" site for anything - no
> one is driving "through" there to anywhere.
>    Are there any fuller sources of information about this?
>     With no public hearings about anything, what a great time to start
> major construction in a State Park.
>    Yrs.,
>   Bob Paxton and Sarah Plimpton
> On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 1:22 PM Pat Aitken <aitkenpatri...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> For anyone contemplating a trip to Jones Beach:. The parking lot of the
>> nature center is being used as a covid drive through test area.  You will
>> not be permitted to go past the booth where you pay your fee.  This means
>> that access to the west end and coast guard station area is shut down.
>> Good spot to avoid, as this could be a covid-19 transmission hotspot.
>> Can't say for certain how long this will go on, but I heard it may be
>> through the summer.
>> Stay healthy!
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