Boaters Urged to Submit Mooring Permit Applications by August 15
Halesite – The Huntington Harbormaster’s Office will start mooring permit enforcement on Friday, August 16; boaters are urged to submit a mooring permit application by August 15, as violations will be issued for unpermitted boats moored in Huntington waters starting August 16.
The Mooring Permit Application can be found on the Town website at: http://www.huntingtonny.gov/mooring-permits
Mooring Permit applications may be submitted, with the proper paperwork and payment by check (or by credit card in the office), in person or by mail, to: Huntington Board of Trustees, Harbormaster’s Office, 53 North New York Avenue, Halesite, NY 11743. Documents may also be faxed to (631) 425-0621 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harbormaster’s Office is open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. For application assistance, call (631) 351-3255 or email Trudy Shannon at email@example.com.
Unpermitted boats will be issued a $250 violation starting August 16, 2019.
At its June 18 meeting, the Huntington Town Board approved a major boating safety and water quality protection measure to help prevent irresponsible boat ownership and irresponsible boating, placing liability for costs incurred by the Town in removing, storing and disposing unseaworthy/wrecked vessels on the owner or person responsible for the vessel; covering the costs of vessel wreck removal, pollution mitigation and remediation of other navigational safety hazards by establishing a nominal $40/season resident permit fee to be deposited into the Board of Trustees account; non-residents already paid $200/season for the same permit.
Navigational hazards created by irresponsible boat ownership resulted in the Town spending $50,000 to remove derelict and abandoned boats in 2018. Revenue from the permit fee will help the Harbormaster’s office build a database to help the Town identify owners of boats abandoned in Huntington’s waterways and hold violators responsible for creating hazardous boating safety conditions; the approved measure established and increased required insurance limits for vessel wreck removal and pollution mitigation; it also lowered the cost, from $200 to $40, of transient commercial mooring permits for commercial entities leasing or owning land in the Town of Huntington, to help boost the Town’s maritime economy.
The Town is allowing commercial baymen who operate in Huntington’s waterways to have their mooring permit included with the issuance or renewal of their commercial license.
In the photo: Town of Huntington Department of Maritime Services Bay Constables cleaning up the harbor, removing derelict boats and hardware from Huntington waterways on July 24, 2019.