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Weather, ice delay Huntington Town's Woodbine Marina revamp

Site on Northport Harbor scheduled to reopen on May 1

Cranes and a chain link fence adorn the construction site of the Woodbine Marina in Northport Village. Photo by Rohma Abbas

March 18, 2014 | 10:38 AM
This season's bitter winter, with temperatures so cold that Northport Harbor had turned to ice, has delayed a $1.75 million town project to reconstruct Woodbine Marina in Northport Village by two months.

The project is now due to be completed by May 1, said Ed Carr, the town's director of maritime services, in a letter he wrote to marina slip holders on March 3.

Originally, officials had planned for the project to be completed by March 1.

The marina typically opens for the season on April 1, according to Northport Village Mayor George Doll.

"We have been anxiously waiting for the ice to disappear from the harbor so we can have the new floats [floating docks] delivered," Carr wrote in the letter, noting that the harbor had been "frozen solid" at points since Jan. 12.

Woodbine Marina is in need of repair. File photo
The floating docks "have to be off-loaded from a flatbed trailer and then assembled in the water," Carr said.

Carr stated that, to date, officials had lost more than "30 workdays (Monday thru Friday) and 44 calendar days, and the harbor is still frozen as I write this."

"I just wanted to let you know that I have received personal assurances from the contractor, Bob Terry, that he will have the marina [100 percent] completed by May 1," Carr said in the letter. "He will be able to keep this promise by working weekends, and even longer (10- and 12-hour) days if needed."

Last August, the Huntington Town Board approved a contract with Terry Contracting & Materials Inc. of Riverhead to reconstruct the marina after receiving bids for the work the previous month. Terry Contracting & Materials Inc. was the "lowest responsive, responsible bidder," according to the Town Board resolution authorizing the contract.

The cost of the project is not expected to change. It is entirely town-funded and has been in the works for years. The project scope includes demolishing and rebuilding the marina, dredging a portion of Northport Harbor — which has already happened, according to Doll — and increasing the number of boat slips at the marina from 36 to 56.

The new marina's floating docks will be made of cement instead of wood, designed to better absorb "a big wave so that the whole [marina] stays pretty calm," Doll said.

"The problem with the Woodbine Marina has always been, in the north wind and the northwest wind, it gets really rough there and the boats get chewed up," Doll said. "It gets so rough in there that the boats smash against the floats and the poles that hold them."

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