Opposition Mounts for $50M+ Plum Island Sale; Save the Sound officially opposing tonight

May 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Land, Long Island Sound

Once a strategic military base for both World Wars, the North Fork’s Plum Island now braces itself for a whole new battle. For the past year or so, U.S. officials have contemplated moving the Plum Island Animal Disease Center elsewhere, which would in turn free the Island up for sale. But some higher-ups think the LI Sound simply won’t be the same without the Sci-Fi pet project, which raises the controversial question: To sell or not to sell?

The Price—Experts value the Island at $50 to $80 million before the cost of environmental cleanup. That means, if sold, Plum Island could easily reign as the most expensive East End transaction of 2010.

(NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas. The General Services Administration (GSA) is holding a scoping meeting at Greenport High School on Thursday to hear community views on the sale, which is intended to fund the construction of NBAF.

Congressman Bishop noted in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that it is “highly unrealistic” that Plum Island’s estimated value of $50-80 million before extensive cleanup costs could possibly cover the over $650 million cost of constructing the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility.

Save the Sound, a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment opposes the proposed sale of Plum Island, 840 acres of coastal habitat located off the eastern tip of Long Island. The organization says Plum Island is “a pristine coastal landscape that should be preserved for public use.” Save the Sound commented at the General Services Administration hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May, 19, 2010, in Old Saybrook, Conn. There is another hearing tonight in New York.

The organization also says the proposal to sell the island comes pursuant to a Bush-era directive under a Homeland Security law.

Curt Johnson, program director for Connecticut Fund for the Environment says the move would be “nonsensical.”

“Plum Island has been identified for protection by Save the Sound, sister organizations, and our highest state and federal authorities due to its tremendous ecological and recreational values.

“How can you protect an island you are selling off to the highest bidder? The GSA needs to closely examine how the public interest is benefitted [sic] by retaining and restoring this ecological gem while allowing public access.”

“It must be preserved for the public to enjoy,” CFE’s Johnson said.

To read the Hamptons Curved story, visit: Opposition Mounts for $50M+ Plum Island Sale : Island Fever : Curbed Hamptons.

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