The town adopted regulations for flyboarding (pictured) at a meeting on March 18. (Credit: Paul Squire)
After debating the issue numerous times since last summer — in fact, the word “flyboard” appears in 12 headlines in the News-Review online archives — the Riverhead Town Board adopted new regulations for flyboarding at its March 18 meeting, where the vote took place without much debate near 11 p.m., after a four-hour meeting.
But the owner of Flyboard LI, the company that brought flyboarding to the waters of downtown Riverhead last summer, says he’s leaving rather than trying to adapt to the new rules, which would push the activity out into deeper water near the Route 105 bridge.
“Unfortunately they are kicking a great new startup business out of town,” Flyboard LI owner James Bissett IV said via email. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board is expected to discuss two proposals it received to buy the East Lawn building on East Main Street: one from the owner of Suffolk Theater and the other from a member of the Business Improvement District Management Association, according to Thursday morning’s work session.
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
As Riverhead Town Board members continue to work on regulations which would permit flyboarding in local waters, a group of local residents have filed a petition with the town, asking its leaders to do the exact opposite.
Over 30 residents submitted a petition in town hall on Monday, “asking the Town of Riverhead Board to cease all flyboarding activities in Treasure Cove and the connecting River/Estuary.” (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board Tuesday voted to abolish the town planning director position in a 3-2 vote, with Council members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio opposed. The position is not funded in the 2015 budget, as officials are seeking to cut spending.
The position has been held for many years by Rick Hanley, who hasn’t indicated a desire to retire. Ms. Giglio said she wants to keep Mr. Hanley and eliminate another planning position, while Mr. Dunleavy said the move would leave the town with only one planner.
The board also tabled a resolution to set a Jan. 6 public hearing on new regulations for “flyboarding” and other “JetPack” vessels in town waters, and swore in six new police recruits, according to the meeting agenda.
The Town Board also voted to reschedule to March 18 a public hearing on United Riverhead Terminal’s plans to build two new tanks in Northville after URT requested the adjournment.
To read what else happened at Tuesday’s board meeting, click below to read News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting and scroll down for the full meeting agenda and resolution packet.
Live Blog Riverhead Town Board 12-16-2014
December 16, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview
December 16, 2014 – Packet by Timesreview
Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)
One thing was made clear as Riverhead Town Board members again discussed regulating flyboarding — a new water sport — on the Peconic River Thursday morning: flyboarding and the town, they said, weren’t a good fit. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board discussed barring flyboarding from Riverhead’s waters during a work session meeting Thursday. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to continue its discussion on plowing snow on private roads, something the town has done for years even thought the state constitution says it should not.
The board also will discuss proposed regulations for flyboarding, after a proposed solution was tabled at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting so the board could discuss it further. Also, the plastic bag ban is up for discussion again.
The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging it. Click below to follow or comment and see the full meeting agenda below that.
Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 10-23-2104
October 23, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview
Northville residents came out in force to oppose United Riverhead Terminal’s special permit application to convert two of its oil tanks on its Northville property to gasoline storage at a public hearing before the Riverhead Town Board Tuesday night. The board held the hearing open until Dec. 16 and promised to discuss the issue further at a work session.