Bite Back Continues!
Started Summer, 2012.
For too many years, Bellport residents and their guests have endured annoying and potentially harmful mosquitoes on our beaches. This growing infestation has lowered attendance, marred the experience, and severely curtailed use of the beaches.
In May 2012, the Bellport Village Program Fund secured permission from the Bellport Village Board of Trustees and the appropriate regulatory agencies to treat for mosquito control at Ho Hum and Mother’s Beaches. In 2019 we expanded this to include the Village Bandshell Park. BVPF uses Jeffrey Jenson (President, South Country Aboriculture, Inc.) to control the mosquito population using DEC approved environmentally responsible materials at regular intervals. Jeffrey contributed the startup costs for this program and the BVPF has funded the execution costs. Implementation of this project has continued to this day. Residents have been delighted with the success of this project. This project also includes buying and deploying green fly traps at Ho Hum and Mother's beaches.
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Mothers and Marina Beaches- Project Comb-Over - Summer 2022
The beaches at Mothers Beach and the Marina/Bandshell Beach are plagued with foul smelling, rotting and decaying seaweed. This has, over recent years, really increased in volume and has imbedded itself into the sand on the beach.
This permanent imbedded mass of rotting seaweed and gunk is not only creating an inhospitable environment for resident beach goers, but it is creating health hazards related to swarms of various species of flies, mosquitoes, and other disease carrying insects and bugs.
The BVPF identified the attached industrial strength Barber Beach rake as the great solution for removal of the accumulating sea weed and other debris at Mothers Beach and the Marina/Bandshell Beach. This rake, in various sizes, is in use at 23 different LI Towns and Villages at their beaches.
The BVPF has purchased this rake and has rented a tractor for this project to start in the Summer 0f 2022.
The Village has indicated that, in its next budget cycle of 2023-2024, it will endeavor to budget for the purchase of its own tractor that would be suitable for this operation.
It is anticipated that this raking will commence each year prior to Memorial Day with a major first day cleanup and continuous raking will proceed until September 30.
THANK YOU BVPF!
Air Conditioning the Bowling Alley - late 2023
In 2019, the Village, together with the BVPF, held a grand opening of the newly renovated activity room and antique bowling alley in the basement of the Village Community Center.
It has been met with great enthusiasm from all the residents. Of course right after its use was greatly restricted by Covid and then termites. However today it remains a highly sought out area for resident enjoyment year round and the Village Kids Camp during the Summer.
One of the biggest issues that arose very early on was the lack of heat and A/C in the space. The heat issue has been resolved but the lack of A/C remains a significant issue when using the space, even in the Winter. In reaction to this, the BVPF raised funds in 2020 using the A/C of the Bowling alley space as our keystone project.
Work has been completed in late 2023 with the installation of a ducted system with two Trane 3.5 ton condensing units outside the building.
THANK YOU BVPF!
In the Summer of 2023 the BVPF was excited to procure new “U” shaped bike racks to be installed at 7 locations in the Village- BCC Golf, BCC Tennis, South Country Rd./CVS, Municipal parking lot, Village Hall, Community Center, and the Marina. They will be installed by the Village over the Winter and should all be in place by the Spring of 2024. This increase in bike racks in the Village is aimed at increasing cycling in the Village by providing new, attractive and secure bike racks at these key locations.
THANK YOU BVPF!