(excerpt from) Newsday State threatens Donald Trump over Jones Beach rent By Zachary R. Dowdy

…In the latest letter, Harold Hagemann Jr., director of the state Concessions Management Bureau, said Trump’s failure to pay the base rent on the land where the complex is to be built will result in a mountain of interest and collection fees…

Schlesinger said the two sides are at an impasse partly because they never agreed on the plan for a building design after the state blocked Trump’s original. Trump then sued – and won, but the state is appealing. Trump maintains that the state’s pending appeal of the judge’s decision and a $500 million lawsuit Trump filed in response – saying the state’s intransigence caused costly construction delays – stops the clock on the rent payments. But Eileen Larrabee, spokeswoman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said that rent payments were begun before the impasse and should continue regardless of the negotiations…

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From Jim Brown:
Friends,
For some unfathomable reason the New York State Parks Department and a local judge seem to have caved in to Donald Trump. But we should not despair–justice is on our side.

New York State initially asked for a small restaurant, 46,000 sq feet, to be built along the boardwalk at Jones Beach, a restaurant to serve the people. There is no reason why a restaurant/catering hall/souvenir shop extravaganza of 85,000 square feet should be built instead, to serve the rich, and to provide Donald Trump with ill-gained profit for 40 years. A catering hall which charges $500 per plate has no place on our premier oceanfront State Park. Trump’s development is an affront to the residents of Long Island and the entire State of New York, indeed his hubris is an affront to common decency. The legacy of Robert Moses on Long Island should not allowed to be trashed and destroyed by this ill-advised development scheme.

Governor Paterson has the ability to halt this project and return Jones Beach to the people. I urge all those who love Jones Beach–and justice–to contact the Governor and demand that the Trump project be stopped. Yes, a small restaurant at Jones beach, to be enjoyed by the average beach goer would be welcomed, but not the monstrosity that Mr. Trump seems intent on building.

Call Governor Paterson at: 518-474-8390 (his Albany office) or 212-681-4580 (his NYC office). Write the Governor at: Executive Chambers, Albany, NY 12224. To email Governor Paterson go to www.ny.gov/governor, and leave an email message–no to the Trump restaurant, catering hall, souvenir shop etc., etc.

Let the Governor know we love Jones Beach and wish to protect it from predatory commercialization! We must fight back, to save our beach!
peace
Jim Brown

jrb398 at yahoo dot com
www.ourjonesbeach.com
From Jim Brown:

Fellow Environmentalists, Greens, Friends:

An important demonstration is scheduled for Tuesday, 6:30PM, October 7th, to voice Long Island’s opposition to the construction of the Trump restaurant/catering hall/souvenir shop, etc. at Jones Beach. The demonstration will be at the Caroline G. Atkinston School, 58 West Seaman Avenue, Freeport, NY. Read the rest of this entry »

Rally to Save Jones Beach for the People of NY and
Ask the Attorney General to investigate the

Trump application

When:
Thursday, June 19th at 11 am
Where:
The NY State Attorney Genera’s Office in Nassau County
200 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501
For info:
(516) 582-5838

photo (c) Joe Shlabotnik, on Creative CommonsThe Trump application for a Catering Hall at Jones Beach – proposed to be Trump on the Ocean – has been denied by the courts a couple of times. Though, the project still seems in danger of going through. Pat Friedman is calling on the Governor and the NY State Attorney General to investigate all the problems with the project – the way it was bid on, the changes in the proposal, the apparent conflicts of interest with the proposers and elected officials supporting the project.

Since Pat Friedman submitted a letter to the Governor and Attorney General at the end of April 2008, and neither official has responded, Pat is asking the community to make some noise with a protest at the Attorney General’s office. The time will be: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 11:00am. You could also call the NY State Attorney General’s Office to ask for the investigation. The Attorney General’s office in Mineola/Nassau County is: (516) 248-3302.

Also, give community activist Pat Friedman a call if you can help spread the word, or get your organization or group to sign on. Pat Friedman can be reached at: (516) 582-5838.

We can stop this project. We can save Jones Beach from over-development. We can force our elected officials to do what is best for all citizens, instead of catering to wealthy businessman.

In the meantime, the community could learn a lot from a careful investigation of what went wrong to push this project through the system in such a sudden and unfair manner.

Our Jones Beach is a community project to stop Trump and NY State from over-developing and over-commercializing Jones Beach State Park. What started as a simple project to bring a restaurant to Jones Beach, snowballed, through an unfair process, into a huge, expensive catering hall, which will take the use of the restaurant away from most citizens. Pat Friedman is a civic leader who has been fighting this project for many months. Please support her, and the many organizations who agree, to stop this overblown project of Trump on the Ocean.