The proposed appointment of Guy Falkenheimer as "Dock Master" suggests some recognition of the need to manage on-water uses of the waterfront, but the question remains: Why is there no Harbor Management Plan in the LWRP? The need for such a plan seems critical since the LWRP embraces the notion of a "mixed use" waterfront, with kayaks and small recreational boats sharing space with giant barges hauling aggregate.
Roberts and Moore have both explained that a Harbor Management Plan is "embedded" throughout the LWRP, but somehow that doesn't seem adequate. The NYS DOS Division of Coastal Resources defines the benefits of a Harbor Management Plan as these:
- determining the status of harbor areas and developing a strategy to achieve goals for harbor areas
- technical assistance in addressing harbor management issues
- financial assistance for small-scale construction and land acquisition projects
- research, design, and other preconstruction activities that implement the harbor managment plan
- addressing harbor and nearshore issues that transcend local boundaries
And then there is question of the mystery property--Tax ID #109.15-1-3--the ownership of which, it seems, is unknown.