Editor’s Note: The Holiday Light Show was later approved by the Town Board in August. Read more here.
Original Story: Three upcoming events that were seeking special event approval from the Riverhead Town Board — including a popular drive-through Holiday Light Show — were rejected by the board last Tuesday on the grounds that there are outstanding violations on the property they planned to lease. (more…)
The Long Island Sports Park was aglow during the opening night of the inaugural Riverhead Holiday Light Show Friday.
The drive-through light show — billed as the largest in Suffolk County — features about two miles of large illuminated displays such as a snowflake tunnel and an ice palace. The displays are also synchronized to music on the radio. READ
A holiday light show is planned for Calverton this holiday season.
Bold Broadcasting, a media company based in East Hampton, is proposing a drive-through holiday light show, similar to those held at Smith Point County Park and Jones Beach. (more…)
A group called the Mexican Folkloric Dance Society of New York is proposing a “live bull riding rodeo and festival” at Long Island Sports Park in Calverton on Sunday, Aug. 12. (more…)
Long Island Sports Park received preliminary site plan approval from the Riverhead Town Planning Board last Thursday, and now needs only final site plan approval before its activities are officially legal. (more…)
Long Island Sports Park’s proposal to legalize the events that Riverhead Town officials have said they were running without proper permits met with no opposition during a town Planning Board hearing Thursday.
Specifically, Riverhead Town Board members have required LISP to get an approved site plan for the events they hold at the former Calverton Links golf course on Edwards Avenue in Calverton, including cider festivals, potato festivals, soap runs and even a bubble race, to name a few.
Several of the events had received individual special events approvals from the Town Board, but officials said there should be an approved site plan for the overall use of the property.
The town last year issued violations to Long Island Sports Club principal Dean Del Prete for not having an approved site plan, a use permit, an assembly permit and certificate of occupancy for the site.
In July, the Town Board authorized an agreement with Mr. Del Prete, who subsequently submitted a site plan for the property.
The site plan lists a number of proposed uses for the property including things like golf, Frisbee golf, soccer golf, paintball, marathon-type runs and festivals as permitted uses.
“Also, various organizations come there for arts and crafts-like events,” said Charles Cuddy, the attorney for LISP, at Thursday’s public hearing on the site plan application.
“We want to continue the uses that are on the site plan,” he added.
The 82-acre property was previously used for the first 12 holes of the Calverton Links golf course, which closed several years ago, and nothing about that land has changed, according to Mr. Cuddy.
Golf courses as well as sports and recreational facilities are permitted uses in the property’s Industrial C zoning, he said.
No one other than representatives for the applicant spoke at Thursday’s hearing.
Events expected to have more than 100 people on the site at any one time will require a special event permit from the town, officials have said. Asked if there would be catering on the site, Doug Adams, a representative for the applicant, replied, “We believe we should be able to, similar to what customarily happens at any other golf course.”
The Planning Board closed the public hearing, meaning no further comments will be taken, and is expected to vote on the application at an upcoming meeting.
Photo Caption: Golf at former Calverton Golf Links (file photo)
Long Island Sports Park in Calverton will not host any more events in 2017 until the site plan application it filed June 23 is approved, according to an agreement reached with Riverhead Town this month. The facility had come under fire from the Town Board for holding events such as the Long Island Potato Festival and Pour the Core Festival without proper approvals.