(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…

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

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.