Town Issues Warning On Boating and Speeding

TOBAY NOTEBOOK: Also, beach stickers available soon.

With summer approaching, the issued a warning to boaters this week, saying speeding will not be tolerated on town waters.

“Speeding is not only a leading cause of serious injury to boaters and personal watercraft operators and passengers, but property damage can result from boat and personal watercraft wakes caused by excessive speed," said

Boaters and operators of personal watercraft, commonly known as ‘jet skis,’ should be aware that speeding in Town waters "will not be tolerated," Venditto said. 

In 2011, the Town’s Bay Constables issued 130 summonses for speeding, excessive wake and imprudent operation of a vessel, he said.

Town code calls for a five (5) mph speed limit in all channels and within 200 feet of any dock, shoreline or mooring. In creeks, canals and marinas, vessels, including personal watercraft, must be operated dead slow and throw no wake.

Imprudent Operation is a violation that can result in stiff penalties…up to $250 or imprisonment for a first offense, Venditto said. Bay Constables will be out in force throughout the boating season, he said.

Mammography Campaign

Oyster Bay and are again joining with the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support program in its annual Mother’s Day Mammography Campaign to urge women to get mammograms.

“According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women after lung cancer,” said Councilwoman Faughnan, whose mother died of breast cancer. “Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health."

“The Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support program is currently promoting its annual Mother’s Day Mammography Campaign to encourage women to schedule a mammogram,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Approximately 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal, but, if cancer is detected, the earlier it is found, the better the chances that it can be successfully treated.”

For further information, call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at 800-877-8077. Trained volunteers, many of whom have had breast cancer, will offer assistance locating an accredited mammography facility, finding out about low cost or free mammograms, and getting support and answers to questions and concerns about mammography and breast cancer.

Information is also available on the program’s Web site, www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer.

Beach Stickers Available Soon

Seasonal beach stickers will be available beginning Saturday, May 12. at Tobay Beach, John J. Burns Town Park (Massapequa) and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach (Oyster Bay) from 9-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

The Town has held the line on the price of a beach sticker at the 2010 level of $50.


John Cocchiola April 29, 2012 at 02:41 PM
If the gas prices keep trending up, the only people on the water will be sailboaters, and they can only speed when it's really, really windy.
Rob April 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
It costs the town 200k (boat, constable, gas, etc) to issue 5k in tickets for what? To try and protect the idiot on the speeding jet ski? To stop 4 grains of sand from washing down the beach 3 inches? Try downsizing useless jobs for once Nassau county, common sense isnt so common in this county
Joe Dowd April 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Rob: Interesting points. I think the town would argue that it's also a public safety issue. Do you think there is a danger or this is over-blown?
Joe Dowd April 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
John: Good Point: I'm not sure I can afford to drive to Jones Beach this summer.


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