With 980 miles of shoreline and more than 380 bodies of water in Suffolk County, Legislators have approved Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory’s Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council to support the marine industry in Suffolk County and improve opportunities for economic growth.
“Long Island is fortunate in its desirability,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “The Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound offer ample opportunity for business and recreational activities. It is imperative that we not only protect and preserve these waters as they are an integral part of Suffolk County’s economy, we need to invest in the future of the county by encouraging growth of the industry, ensuring safe navigation for boaters, and improving marine related activities that attract tourism.”
The Council will be comprised of 15 members with representatives from county departments including Public Works, Economic Development and Planning, and Labor. There will be a representative from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eastern and Western Suffolk BOCES, Suffolk County Community College, the Town Supervisors Association, an island-wide tourism organization, and the Association of Marine Industries as well as the commercial fishing industry.
The Council will have access to important stakeholders for technical assistance including, federal and state regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, workforce development experts and federal and state elected officials.
Members will serve without compensation. The Council will submit an annual written report of its findings and determinations, together with recommendations for attracting and retaining marine industry jobs in the county, to stimulate and grow the local economy, and to complete dredging projects that provide safety to the boating community.