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Boater's Festival Planned For Port Jeff

Celebrates village’s rich maritime heritage.

Port Jefferson and the village's Economic Development Council have partnered with the New York Marine Trade Association to bring a two-day event to the village that will celebrate its maritime heritage and vibrant boating culture.

, , and dozens of businesses will be a part of the event over the weekend of May 12 – 13. The dates also coincide with the opening weekend of the that Sunday.

The , the , U.S. Power Squadron and Suffolk County Police Department will also be there to display their emergency crafts along with children's activities at the Port Jefferson Library, and from the Long Island Maritime Museum. The festival will feature music, food, vendors and plenty of other activities to enjoy like pirate shows, treasure hunts and sail boat races.

Port Jefferson Harbor is one of the most popular deep water harbors on Long Island offering boaters a prime location with easy access to local shops, restaurants and entertainment just a short walk from the marina docks.

“We are excited to finally celebrate and promote our maritime heritage by making our waterfront gateway more accessible and user-friendly linking visiting boaters to our merchant and artistic community,” Mayor Margot Garant said in a statement announcing the festival.

Garant credited village spokeswoman and PTA president Jill Russell with conceiving of the idea, saying that the boating culture in Port Jefferson needed to be celebrated. If successful the village plans to make it an annual event.

Lon Cohen April 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Melodie, According to Brookhaven Town, they will charge residents to park at the Marina parking lot in Port Jefferson. See the article here: http://portjefferson.patch.com/articles/for-the-first-time-brookhaven-to-charge-for-parking-at-town-beaches
localnews April 15, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Wish I could give an answer, but I have the same question. As far as tourists and visitors go, they'll have to put money in the parking meters as required by the Village of Port Jefferson, as do the rest of us who are not Village residents. The Brookhaven "Beach" thing is still unclear to me.
Living in Brookhaven April 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
PJ has had pay for parking for a couple years now... Im sure they will be enforcing it now..... and the "marina" is included in the $25 fee...
Melodie Tegay April 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Every social, civic, and senior organization should be informing and encouraging their members to attend the Brookhaven Town Hall meeting, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY on Tuesday, April 24th at 5 P.M. Voice your outrage. Find out who voted for this back door tax and let them know you intend to vote them OUT of office if the permit fee is not repealed!
Lon Cohen April 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Hi Peter. Yes. I am told sailboats will be a part of the event. There will be the regatta and sailing demos on the water.

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