Southold Town Hall moves to Fishers Island for a day

08/07/2014 10:41 AM |
We're here!

We’re here! Town engineer Jamie Richter was among the first town officials off the boat at Fishers Island Thursday. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

It’s not often that on the way home from a Southold Town Board meeting a crowd of town officials gathers on the deck of a ferry boat to watch as a nuclear submarine passes by.

Then again, the town only meets on Fishers Island once each year. 

Wednesday marked that annual meeting as the Town Board, trustees, assessors and department heads made their way to the island to meet with residents. While a Town Board meeting is held on the island — and Wednesday’s meeting dealt with the important issue of zoning to allow for affordable housing on the island — much of the day centers on an opportunity for other town workers to meet with their most distant constituents. It’s a Town Hall on wheels, or rather water.

Check back for stories on the affordable housing issue and also for coverage of a study that has some Fishers Island residents mustering support to create an incorporated village there. For now, here’s a few photographs from the trip.

Plum Island Lighthouse is one of many spotted on the journey from the Plum Island Ferry Terminal to Fishers Island.

Plum Island Lighthouse is one of many spotted on the journey from the Plum Island Ferry Terminal to Fishers Island.

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A Fishers Island man spends the morning on his porch watching the ferries arrive.

A Fishers Island man spends the morning on his porch watching the ferries arrive.

A skateboarder down by the ferry dock.

A skateboarder down by the ferry dock.

A Fishers Island ferry employee gets set for arrival to the island.

A Fishers Island ferry employee gets set for arrival to the island.

Fishers Island residents, including Justice Louisa Evans waited to greet the town officials as they arrived.

Fishers Island residents, including Justice Louisa Evans waited to greet the town officials as they arrived.

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell on the ferry deck.

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell on the ferry deck.

Suffolk COunty Legislator Al Krupski brought corn from his farm for the annual barbecue between meetings on the island.

Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski brought corn from his farm for the annual barbecue between meetings on the island.

When Town Hall travels, it brings a truck full of food along with it.

When Town Hall travels, it brings a truck full of food along with it.

The boat that brought us over.

The Munnatawket was the ferry boat that brought us over.

The FIshers Island High School sports teams are known as the Vikings. The school does not participate in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, playing against schools from Connecticut instead.

The Fishers Island High School sports teams are known as the Vikings. The school does not participate in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, playing against schools from Connecticut instead.

T-shits being made in the school hallways this summer.

T-shirts being made in the school hallways this summer.

For more than a century brickmaking was an industry on the Island. many of the buildings, including the school, are brick structures.

For more than a century brickmaking was an industry on the Island. many of the buildings, including the school, are brick structures.

The Fishers Island Theater is undergoing renovations. It's enough to make Hitchcock cry.

The Fishers Island Theater is undergoing renovations. It’s enough to make Hitchcock cry.

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The state police barracks on Fishers Island.

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One of the many brick houses on the island.

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Race Rock Lighthouse

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A nuclear submarine passes behind the ferry.

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A fishing boat halfway between Orient and Fishers Island.

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