01/03/15 8:00am
01/03/2015 8:00 AM
The Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund property. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund property. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

More than a dozen local residents and business owners have filed a lawsuit appealing the Southold Town Planning Board’s site plan approval for the relocation and renovation of the Galley Ho restaurant building on the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund property.  (more…)

12/26/14 2:00pm
12/26/2014 2:00 PM
Despite its age — well over 100 years old — and precarious locations near the bay in New Suffolk, the Galley Ho building (center) managed to survive the 1938 hurricane, the 'Perfect Storm' and, most recently, superstorm Sandy, among other weather events. It will soon be renovated, raised and moved for a fifth time — about 30 feet closer to the water — as part of a waterfront development project. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Despite its age — well over 100 years old — and precarious locations near the bay in New Suffolk, the Galley Ho building (center) managed to survive the 1938 hurricane, the ‘Perfect Storm’ and, most recently, superstorm Sandy, among other weather events. It will soon be renovated, raised and moved for a fifth time — about 30 feet closer to the water — as part of a waterfront development project. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Its location has changed at least four times in less than a century, but one thing pretty much has stayed the same. Throughout its history, the building that’s become known locally as the Galley Ho has served the North Fork food industry in some capacity.

At least, when it wasn’t vacant, as it is today.

From the 1940s into the 21st century, it was a place where locals and visitors to New Suffolk could snack on seafood and have a drink. From the 19th century until before World War II, the simple rectangular structure was involved in the wholesale side of the food business — specifically, making oyster barrels. (more…)

09/08/14 8:00am
09/08/2014 8:00 AM

Over the last 30 years, I have reviewed hundreds of development applications as an environmental analyst with the Suffolk County health department and as president of Group for the East End.

In doing so, I have supported numerous community groups and members of the public who have rightly opposed irresponsible development throughout the region.

So when the efforts to redevelop the New Suffolk waterfront were met with skepticism, I wasn’t too surprised. In fact, good questions and a little suspicion can be a very healthy thing.

But as the project has come into sharper focus, it is now undeniably clear that the New Suffolk waterfront project will guarantee a massive and permanent reduction of the site’s legally allowable development potential — and that is something we should all get behind.

(more…)

08/28/14 8:00am
08/28/2014 8:00 AM
The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Faced with concerns from some neighbors — as well as the county health department — members of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund have amended portions of their proposal to operate a commercial restaurant on a section of the nonprofit’s 2.3-acre First Street property. (more…)

08/21/14 4:00pm
08/21/2014 4:00 PM
The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street in New Suffolk. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Hoping to get a better sense of the community’s feeling toward New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s controversial proposal to turn the vacant Galley Ho building into a 66-seat restaurant, another New Suffolk community group is mailing out a survey to hamlet residents.  (more…)

07/12/14 3:00pm
07/12/2014 3:00 PM
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Waterfront Fund executive committee chair Barbara Schnitzler discusses plans for the Galley Ho Saturday morning at the New Suffolk Elementary School. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Just beyond the entrance of New Suffolk Elementary School, a multi-colored poster states the following: “Only POSITIVE attitudes allowed beyond this point.”

But on Saturday morning, as dozens of community members packed into a classroom to hear a presentation from the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund about the nonprofit’s hotly contested plans for the relocation and renovation of the Galley Ho restaurant, the mood was more combative than cheerful.  (more…)

06/12/14 6:00am
06/12/2014 6:00 AM
Plans to move and expand the Galley Ho restaurant were the subject of a public hearing Monday.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Plans to move and expand the Galley Ho restaurant were the subject of a public hearing Monday.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last week’s coverage and editorial on the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s plan to relocate and renovate the Galley Ho restaurant received a large dose of feedback. Here are a sample of two letters to the editor written in response. (more…)