Islip, NY – The Islip Town Board approved a measure to institute a five dollar service fee for boater’s use of the Town’s Pump-Out Boat during the summer months.
Severe budgetary constraints forced Islip to reevaluate the service this year, but through a combination of identifying grant money and the expected revenue from fees, officials have reinstated the environmentally popular service.
“This Town Board has been forced to confront difficult budgetary realities at every step, and not every program has been sustained,” said Trish Bergin Weichbrodt. “Luckily we were able to save this vital program that our boaters, and the Great South Bay itself, rely on.”
The Pump-Out Boat will operate weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day through the end of September. Services will be available for 6 hours per day, with the equipment committed to the south side of the Great South Bay in the morning hours and then on the north side of the Great South Bay in the afternoon.
Councilman Steve Flotteron explained that service fees can only be paid via credit card. No cash or checks will be accepted. “All boaters have a responsibility to ensure waste from their vessels is properly disposed of. This ensures protection of the marine environment, and of the people who swim in our waters. This service, in addition to the four land-based Pump Out stations that the Town offers, helps us to remain good stewards of the Great South Bay.”
Town of Islip pump out stations include:
• Browns River Dock –Seaman Avenue, Bayport
• Bay Shore Marina – South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore
• East Islip Marina – Bayview Avenue, East Islip
• Atlantique Beach Marina
These stations are available to the public 24 hours, 7 days weekly.