BENEFITS OF ALTERNATIVE USAGE

 
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Aside from offering use of the former range land, the absence of the shooting range would encourage use of Southaven Park overall and patronage would likely increase considerably once people realize that they can enjoy a true “Park Experience” free from gunshot noise.

This increase in park patronage could create a need for many new things such as additional rowboats for rental and possibly adding canoe or kayak rentals, or perhaps even bicycle rentals so people could ride throughout the park instead of walk.  Increased interest in the park might also serve to induce more people to go camping or just visit the park for its now peaceful environment.

Naturally all of this would also serve to restore value in the surrounding neighborhoods which is not only a benefit to those who live there but will also restore needed tax revenue to various entities by raising home values. 

 

A COMPARISON OF WHAT EXISTS TODAY
AND WHAT COULD EXIST TOMORROW

 

 

 

WHAT WE HAVE NOW

 

WHAT COULD BE OUR FUTURE

 

 

 

  • Endless gunshot noise
  • A quality of life in the gutter
  • People unable to enjoy the homes they’ve worked so hard to buy
  • 178 homes negatively reassessed equaling nearly $4,000,000.00 in lost equity
  • Loss of tax revenue to the Town, school district and essential services
  • A 1,300 acre park once described as a “Jewel”, now virtually deserted
  • Park revenues declining to the point of irrelevance
  • Lead and Arsenic threatening groundwater and the Carmans River.
  • Anger
  • Animosity
  • People forced to leave their own homes to seek peace and quiet elsewhere
  • Helplessness
  • Endless legal battles and the wasted taxpayer resources used to fight them
  • A government demonstrating contempt for its own citizens
  • A deep seated mistrust of leadership
  • Contempt for that government by those citizens
  • Yaphank being forced to bear excessive burdens far beyond those of other communities
 
  • The peace and quiet that people deserve
  • A return to a Quality of Life that was once enjoyed
  • People investing in their homes and preferring to spend time in their community
  • Home values return to normal levels
  • Tax revenues increase
  • Southaven Park becomes what it ought to be; a destination, a place that people seek out to enjoy a peaceful day in a beautiful setting
  • Park revenues soaring as park patronage increases
  • A halt to the pollution of groundwater and a big step in protecting the Carmans River
  • Happiness
  • Good will
  • People looking forward to spending time at home
  • Pride of purpose
  • An end to the legal battles and the monies wasted on fighting them
  • A government recognizing the needs of its citizens
  • A government recognizing the importance of the environment
  • A government demonstrating concern for the last nearly pristine river on Long Island – the Carmans.
  • An admiration for a government that recognized a problem and solved it
  • A balance achieved by removing excess in favor of that which serves a greater good thus easing the burden to a community
     
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