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2008 Battle on the Bay OPA Patchogue

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Published on Aug 25, 2008

The Battle on the Bay, Great South Bay Patchogue, NY Was a logistical disaster.

Yet again some Patchogue residents received a letter to inform them that Patchogue is hosting another big event at Shorefront park.
The letter, was a bit patronizing and most inaccurate, as it turns out.
The letter outlined street closings and NO PARKING rules for Saturday and Sunday.

The village is a "sponsor" of this event. Sponsor application indicates the lowest amount paid for sponsorship is $2,500 The village was above this level of sponsorship on the Great south bay racing llc website. The producers had also rented space at the park to vendors.

Is this a proper and ethical use of a public park?

The letter said no Parking from 8am to 6pm, I guess that was no parking for residents, obviously many vehicles are parked on the street.

Could an ambulance or fire truck get through here? If the no parking rule were enforced there would be room for emergency vehicles to pass.

Newsday article ongoing investigation:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-...

Newsday's story on the accident:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-...

Resident reporter conceals their identity by not appearing on camera and using computer generated voice for fear of harassment by code enforcement officers.

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