While the Riverhead Town Board didn’t vote on the permit for Nile Rodgers’ proposed “Freak Out” Festival at its meeting Tuesday, board members said they do favor the event and are just awaiting a planning document to be completed before voting for it.
The board also heard from a number of speakers who supported the festival, including representatives from the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and the East End Arts Council.
• Town Supervisor Sean Walter also indicated Tuesday that he has spoken to the planning consultant who did the recent Wading River Corridor Study about the possibility of doing a similar study for the eastern portion of the town.
The supervisor said he has asked Frank Fish of BFJ Planning to submit a proposal to study the zoning from Route 105 east to the town line. There have been several large development proposals in this part of town of late, including a 7-Eleven in Vinland Commons in Aquebogue, a large expansion of the Jamesport Center shopping center, and 42,000 square foot commercial development in Jamesport, across the street from the Elbow Room Restaurant.
• The Town Board also appointed new leaders to the Planning Board, with Stan Carey appointed chairman and Ed Densieski appointed vice chair. They replace Richard O’Dea and Joe Baier, respectively, who remain on the board, although Mr. Baier’s position is up for reappointment and Mr. Walter has said he wants a farmer in that post.
To read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting, click below, and scroll down for the full meeting agenda and resolution packets.