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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Hoping to preserve open space in Seaford Harbor
by Laura Schofer

A 1926 advertisement described the development of Seaford Harbor as the “greatest nearby waterfront opportunity of the day...what only the man of wealth enjoyed can now be yours!”

Fast forward to 2013 and residents are looking to keep Seaford Harbor a great waterfront community. At a meeting of the Seaford Harbor Civic Association on October 15, residents discussed the restoration and preservation of the community including its anchorage lots – small swaths of undeveloped waterfront property in Seaford Harbor that are owned by the public to provide access to the waterfront.

“The Seaford Harbor Civic Association is looking into these properties in the harbor for those who don’t live directly on the water,” explained civic President Phil Franco. “We are here to talk about the biggest one at the end of Ocean Avenue – that’s our crown jewel. There are others – some have been taken over and used by property owners, but we are going to concentrate on this one for now because it’s a complicated issue and these anchorage lots are unique to Seaford,” he explained.

The lot is located between 3654 and 3644 Ocean Avenue. In June, Michael and Stephanie Victor, who are neighbors of one of the homeowners, learned that these adjacent property owners had approached the Town of Hempstead to request a boundary line agreement. A boundary line agreement determines where one property begins and another ends. If granted, it would give the two neighbors the right to use the land, thereby making the land private.

The lot, once in its natural state, has been transformed by grass, plantings and a fence into a well maintained side yard that is open for a view of the water, but without access to the waterfront.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, Mrs. Victor made a brief presentation to civic members, explaining that she and her husband had hired a title company and real estate attorney to investigate the matter and determine if the land is deeded to Seaford Harbor residents as an anchorage plot.

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