Advisor BJ Ianfolla on mooring procedures
Councilor BJ Ianfolla challenged City Council’s May 3 business session with an op-ed in the Reporter discussing proposed changes to the process for handling mooring applications by the Waterways Management Advisory Council (WMAC).
The editorial called on the city council to move on to other matters, noting that the process in place had worked well for years.
“There is always room for improvement,” Ms. Ianfolla told her colleagues.
This is not a reflection on the members of WMAC who have done “a phenomenal job”, she said. But she wants the bay constables, who are in charge of law enforcement, to be involved in the process of approving applications.
She also suggested that there should be a fresh look at the conservation moorings that were rejected by WMAC in 2018. The Peconic Estuary Partnership had encouraged the use of conservation moorings.
But WMAC members were concerned that over time the mooring lines would work their way out of the bottom. Ms Ianfolla said conservation moorings may have improved in recent years and more information should be sought.
Proponents have urged the use of conservation moorings in areas where there is eelgrass, which needs to be protected. These seagrass beds feed endangered species, including sea turtles.
Mooring construction materials may have changed since 2018, Councilman Jim Colligan said.
There are also questions about whether commercial moorings should be reduced to allow more mooring space for residents.
WMAC members claim they can accommodate most requests for mooring spaces, with minor modifications for safety reasons. But occasionally there is a wait in certain areas, although an alternate area is usually offered.
Over the years, it hasn’t been necessary to reduce commercial moorings to accommodate the moorings sought by residents, according to WMAC. Another concern has been the need to bring younger members into WMAC.
The current members are able to do the job, but they are generally in the same age group, and if several were to retire at the same time, it would be important to have younger members with the experience to do the job. work,” said Colligan.