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Letter To Editor - SC Marine Revitalization Advisory Council Working For Residents

Dear Editor, 

On January 16, the first meeting of the Suffolk County Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council for the 2019 year will convene. 

The Legislation creating the Council, which I sponsored and which was adopted last year, is intended to establish a relationship that will allow government and private industry to work with local communities to attract good paying jobs to the region and encourage the growth of the marine sector of the local economy.

With 980 miles of shoreline and more than 300 bodies of water, the marine industry is critical to Suffolk County’s economy and it is my priority to ensure that government remains dedicated to maintaining the support the industry needs to thrive.

The $1.579 billion economic impact of the marine industry, the 7,000 plus people in marine-related jobs, and our marine workforce development are essential to Suffolk County becoming an attractive location for new business. Our investment in recreational boating and fishing, which are at the heart of regional tourism, must continue to play a major role if we are to maintain our place as a tourist and vacation destination.

We will be holding two public hearings, the first on February 6 at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building on Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, and the second on February 7, at the Evans K. Griffing Building, 300 Center Drive in Riverhead. Both hearings will begin at 5 p.m.

The meeting is open to marine industry stakeholders, such as marina owners and operators, fishermen and baymen, and residents in areas in need of dredging as well as members of the community.

Improving market conditions and opportunities in Suffolk County are key components of a healthy economy and I am excited about the work of our Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council and the future of our great County. 

DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer


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