New Coastal Signage Installed to Aid in
Immediate Release - Contact: David Chauvin - October 3, 2005(516) 869-7794
Port Washington, NY– Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Fred Pollack, and Councilman Angelo Ferrara were joined by Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli and Bill Clemency, Chair of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, to announce the installation of the new Coastal Interpretive Signage along the waterfront at Bar Beach Park in Port Washington.The new signs are intended to provide an invaluable educational tool to the residents of Hempstead Harbor.
“These signs help depict the issues and concerns facing the waterfront, as well as providing residents with a sense of stewardship of the harbor,” said Supervisor Kaiman.“I would like to thank Assemblyman DiNapoli, the New York State Department of State and the other members of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee for their hard work, funding, and help in providing this important educational resource.”
“I secured this grant for signage at the request of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee,” said Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli (D-Great Neck), who chairs the Assembly’s Environmental Committee.“The signs are a wonderful way to let the public know about the unique qualities of our local waterways.”
The new Coastal Interpretive Signage is comprised of five panels, each covering a separate topic.They are entitled: “Wetlands or Wastelands?”; “Variety of Life”; “Layers of Life”; “Millions of Neighbors”; and “Sound Investment.”Each panel explores a different facet of the harbor.
“I am glad that the Town could help in the efforts to provide these signs,” added Councilman Pollack.“It is important that residents become more aware of the issues facing the harbor and the benefits the harbor provides to the community.”
“Appreciation and understanding of Hempstead Harbor are essential to the harbor’s long-term protection,” said Bill Clemency, Chair of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, “It is our hope that these signs will help to bring more people down to the harbor and that the information on the signs will assist them in understanding and appreciating all that Hempstead Harbor has to offer to us.”
Initial funding for the design of the signs was provided by the New York State Department of State.Additional funding from Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli and the Town of North Hempsteadprovided for the construction and installation with additional financial assistance from the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee.