The North Haven Village Board is expected to propose seaplane regulations at its January 8 meeting that would bar landing, taking off or taxiing on or from any waterway within 250 feet of shore without a village-issued permit.
Mayor Jeff Sander said at the board’s December 11 meeting that the proposal was an effort to ensure seaplanes do not operate in areas where boaters or swimmers are concentrated. Under the draft proposal, owners or operators of seaplanes who own waterfront property with a dock could apply to the village for an annual permit in order to navigate waters within 250 of village shoreline. No permit would be necessary if the seaplane is taxiing into the Sag Harbor Waterways Management Area.
On Tuesday, Sag Harbor Village Harbor Master Bob Bori said Sag Harbor officials were not currently considering any restrictions on seaplanes, noting complaints from residents in the beachfront communities of Azurest, Ninevah and Sag Harbor Hills were down this year after village officials met with seaplane operators last spring.
“We really didn’t have a problem last summer,” said Mr. Bori. “All the seaplanes have been landing way north.”
In other air-related news, at the December session, North Haven Village Board member Dianne Skilbred encouraged residents to file comments with the Federal Aviation Administration about the North Shore Helicopter Route, which the FAA is reviewing under a requirement in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Under the act, Congressman Lee Zeldin said, the FAA was required to hold three public hearings on the North Shore Route but it instead held workshops that Ms. Skilbred compared to a “kindergarten science fair.”
“It was never like this 10 years ago,” said Ms. Skilbred of helicopter traffic over North Haven. “We don’t want to close the airport but we don’t want it just to be a moneymaker for helicopters from New Jersey disturbing us all.”
The FAA is accepting comments on the route through January 2. To make a comment, visit regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2018-0954-0001.
Lastly, the North Haven Village Board is considering moving its monthly meetings from the first Tuesday of the month to the third Tuesday of the month at the request of North Haven Village Clerk Eileen Tuohy. The change is expected to take place in February with the January meeting already scheduled for January 8 at 5 p.m.