Mayors say Huntington infringing on shoreline jurisdiction
July 09, 2020
Huntington Bay Village attorney Anthony S. Guardino stated in a letter to town officials that the town is confusing ownership rights with jurisdiction to regulate.
“While the Town has ownership rights over the underwater lands in most areas surrounding the Villages, and that it is within its rights to require consent for the use of those underwater lands, it does not have regulatory jurisdiction beyond its boundaries unless granted extra-territorial jurisdiction by the State legislature,” Guardino’s letter said. “Here, the State legislature has unequivocally conferred extra-territorial jurisdiction on villages (not towns) to regulate the anchoring and moorings of vessels and certain other boating activities extending out into the water a distance of 1,500 feet from a village shoreline.”
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