by Capt. Steve Byrne
When Sandy blew through the northeast, one of the victims was Nichols marina - a concession within the confines of Gateway Park in Staten Island, serving the community for the past 37 years. Fortunately, the vast majority of pilings and bulkhead survived and the marina operator stepped up to take on the job of replacing the floating docks at their own cost. Sounds great, right?
When the Feds are involved, the simple solution is never simple.
The National Park Service has refused to renew the lease for the 350-slip marina and instead will conduct a 3-year, $10 million study. So to recap, they could have their property repaired at no cost and begin collecting rent, but instead they will spend 3 million taxpayer dollars to study it for 3 years.
There is a Facebook page "Save Great Kills Park Marina." Please stop in and "like" it. If you happen to be on Staten Island, there will be a tour of the property today with Congressman Michael Grimm and Senator Charles Schumer. Here are the details, pulled from their page.
On Tuesday at 2:30 Nichols Marina in Great Kills Park welcomes Senator Charles Schumer and Congressmen Michael Grimm to tour the marina (that the National Park Service says isn"t even there anymore.. LOL) and show Staten Islanders that we have their support with our cause . Don't let another part of Staten Island history be lost forever.