Pizza Pi Petition
Give them a permit and have them collect fees for the moorings there to be properly maintained.
Get DPNR to get serious about fining the owner of Great St. James for their noncompliance with their pollution, building issues and sediment runoff and have those fines go towards maintenance of moorings.
I'm usually not in favor of private enterprise in Areas of Particular Concern.
However, in this case, because they were granted a license to begin with and built their boat and business with this particular location in mind, do not leave a big, environmental footprint on the location, I'd have to say I'm in favor of them being there. It does not predicate any future business in the bay and that can be strictly spelled out as well as rules they are allowed to operate under.
Alana: Their permit was for Vessup Bay. If you allow little boats, the big boats will follow. The reason there are sea grass beds is in large part because of the mooring placed there by citizens. I will agree that DPNR has not done their part.
Two election cycles ago, the signs littering the streets were small placards.Now they are gigantic permanent billboards. You give someone an inch and they will take a mile. I'm sorry. The Pizza Pi people ARE nice, but that doesn't make it right to set a precedent that cannot be undone.
I want to see the paper trail. Hopefully the town hall with DPNR will give some clarification.
I did ask the 2 people I see all the time from DPNR, and they weren't aware of the Pizza Pi issue. One remembered (as do I) a previous pizza boat that was at Honeymoon Beach on Water Island, so Pizza Pi's claim that they are first pizzs boat is not correct. It's the first that they know of and blogs seldom fact check press releases.
Do they take credit cards? If it's another cash biz, nobody knows if they are contributing fair share. If they are paying "employees" cash or tips only, no taxes going to Labor.
I know other businesses the govt denies licenses. Each has a compelling story but facts are hard to come by without considerable time and research. Very few of us have time to do that.
They are closed for season.
I went to DPNR. Tell me who to call and I'll call. I need to know who is in charge of this issue, because the people who I have seen this week who work for DPNR don't know.
I don't know what area their original permit was for. Everything regarding this issue seems to be murky. I'll wait until the town hall.
When I see the development on some of the other islands, I can appreciate the limitations here. It's tricky striking a balance that pleases everyone.
When I see the development which has taken place here on STT/STJ in the last couple of decades I appreciate them. Several areas are totally unrecognizable and not for the better unless Times Square tickles you.