In a ceremony on Friday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone transferred the deed for the Shinnecock Dock to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. The county transfer includes the two-acre dock and 11 acres of beach front along Shinnecock Bay west of the dock.
Shinnecock Dock is home to two dozen commercial fishing boats, one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in New York State. Until this transfer, it was owned by Suffolk County but operated by the Town of Southampton under an inter-municipal agreement.
“This is another great example of municipalities working together to protect taxpayers while making smart investments that help our region realize its full potential,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I want to thank Supervisor Schneiderman for his willingness to enter into this agreement that will highlight a crowned jewel on the East End and catalyze an important revitalization project in the town.”
“Our commercial fishing industry is a vital part of our economy and our history,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “I want to thank County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and New York State Senator Ken LaValle for working together to make this transfer happen.”