Incident aboard yacht has village talking security

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Village board members are tightening up security at Mitchell Park Marina following an attack Sunday.

The Greenport Village Board is looking to ramp up security at Mitchell Park Marina after a man police said was “highly intoxicated” climbed aboard a 55-foot yacht and during an argument and struck the man onboard over the weekend.

On Sunday Southold Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Doroski of Southold, who is also accused of striking a police officer. He was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and two counts of harassment, police said.

Village Administrator David Abatelli said the village has been in discussions with Southold Police Chief Martin Flatly since the incident. The village and police agreed to rope off the docks after the marina officially closes for the evening.

Mitchell Park Marina has 60 slips available for visiting boaters. The docks are opened to the public between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., otherwise they are restricted to paying customers.

“It’s not a good situation when a guest is hurt,” Mr. Abatelli said during the Village Board’s Monday night work session. With a rope barrier “it will at least not be so obvious that you can walk on to the docks [after hours.]”

Village board members said the ropes were a temporary solution and called for tighter and more permanent security measures. Suggestions included adding surveillance cameras and new gates.

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