Editorial: A Long Look at Long Wharf

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The renovation and potential expansion of Long Wharf has reached a point in the design phase where the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees would be wise to consider a public work session on the project — a moment where engineers and designers can discuss draft plans for one of the village’s most important facilities with trustees and members of the public.

Long Wharf is a critical component of Sag Harbor’s infrastructure — providing significant parking for a village starved of spaces during the summer season. It also provides access to the waterfront for residents at its very end, and is an adored vista by many on the South Fork. Long Wharf also is a critical economic driver in Sag Harbor, housing transient vessels and mega yachts that not only attract sightseers, but provide revenue for a municipality with many infrastructure projects on the horizon.

In short, Long Wharf serves a lot of people, and surely residents will be anxious to share their thoughts about the future of the facility. The village appears dedicated to doing its homework on the project and its draft plans, which village officials say are not finalized, appear close to representing a clear vision for what the board hopes it will be able to fund. With that vision executed on paper, it’s time for a larger conversation with the community about what it all looks like.

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