The Riverhead Town Board is planning to hold a public hearing on a proposal to regulate “flyboarding” and other types of water propulsion devices that are not specifically addressed in the Town Code.
Board members discussed the issue at today’s work session in regard to the more than 20 summonses the town has issued to Flyboard Long Island, which is operating at Treasure Cove Marina. Jim Bissett IV, who runs Flyboard LI, and Treasure Cove executive director Bryan DeLuca, were present but not allowed to speak.
The town has charged them with towing without an observer and not having safe boating certificate in most cases.
The proposed change in the code would amend the town’s law on water skiing to apply to a number of other water sports as well, including flyboarding, and would require them to be at least 500 feet from any shoreline.
Supervisor Sean Walter said the town will continue to issue summonses if Flyboard LI doesn’t stop.
• The board also agreed informally to give Day and Night Taxi a six-month “probation” period whereby the company could have its taxi company license restored. The company’s license could be restored full-time or permanently revoked after that time, officials said. The company’s license was revoked in July after a crash involving one of its cabs that was driven by a man without a taxi driver license.
To read more about what happened in Thursday’s work session, click below to read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog.