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New Suffolk Waterfront Fund to Move Historic Galley Ho Back From Bay

With much of its bulkhead and foundation destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the Galley Ho will relocate farther away from the waterfront in New Suffolk.

For decades, the wooden building that once housed the Galley Ho restaurant stood only 18 feet from Peconic Bay on the small New Suffolk waterfront property at the end of New Suffolk Road.

But after Hurricane Sandy swept through and undermined the structure’s aging foundation and bulkhead that was supposed to protect the building from storm surges, members of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund have decided that it’s time to relocate the old Galley Ho.

The building won’t go too far — the plan is to find a spot on the now-preserved waterfront property about 50 feet away from the bay rather than 18 feet. Barbara Schnitzler, head of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund, said that the group is working with the town and other agencies to secure proper permits as they make the move.

“As soon as the gas lines are disconnected, which should be soon, the building will be lifted and moved back to a temporary spot while we determine the final location,” Schnitzler said on Tuesday. “We are still working on our site plans but we do know we want it to be 50 feet back from the bulkhead. It’s still sitting in an extreme flood zone.”

Representatives of the Waterfront Fund will meet with the Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 3 to discuss reinstating preexisting use of the Galley Ho building as a restaurant — something that Schnitzler said many people would like to see.

“From all the outreach we’ve done, people want to see a restaurant or café in the building, which will still have that same great view of the water,” she said.

The ZBA will also address the change of a lot line in regards to the sale of an acre of the waterfront property to Louis Moore Bacon, owner of Robins Island and head of Robins Island Holdings, LLC. Bacon, a noted hedge fund trader and head of Moore Capital Management, has proposed the creation of a maritime grassland preserve with a portion for seasonal parking and the addition of a small boat shed to an existing building on the property.

Schnitzler said that the Galley Ho building will be stabilized on a crib once it is moved to its temporary location and that restoration plans are in the works.

For more information contact Barbara Schnitzler at 917-379-5647 or go to www.newsuffolkwaterfront.org.

Erin Schultz December 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Suzanne Grodski said on Facebook: "The fact that this is not being used as an old fashioned style restaurant (not a cafe!) is sickening. So is the fact that they are relocating it."
Melanie Norden December 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund has achieved SO much and deserves our entire community's support of their preservation efforts. All of those associated with the Fund have worked extraordinarily hard. It makes eminent sense to re-locate the structure a bit further from harm's way. This effort has united an entire community and underscores the importance of preservation --- of land, of the harbor, of the wrap-around views the site enjoys, of the fragile flora and fauna. The Fund has also set a stellar example, has raised the proverbial bar, of what can be accomplished on the North Fork when people get behind a "cause." From a fundraising perspective the Fund has, by any definition, defied all expectations, outstripped all odds,,of what can be raised in human and financial resources when people care about their community. Hats off to them! I, for one, will watch their growth with admiration and interest!
J Snyder February 11, 2013 at 06:59 AM
If I could donate money directly to the preservation and relocation of the "Ho," I certainly would. This place needs to remain the local restaurant and bar that it used to be. I have been going there since about 1963.

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