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Report: Trump and State Nearing Possible Deal for Jones Beach Project

Famed real estate developer and administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in settlement talks regarding long-stalled Trump on the Ocean proposal.

Famed real estate mogul Donald Trump’s long-stalled plans for a restaurant catering facility at  in Wantagh due to legal disputes with the state may be getting close to a resolution.

Trump and the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are in settlement talks that could lead to the developer being allowed to construct his catering hall at the site of the former Boardwalk Café at Jones Beach, according to Newsday.

Trump’s attorney Seth Presser wrote last week to Justice Anthony F. Marano of State Supreme Court in Mineola, 

"The parties are currently circulating settlement documents for review and signature, and as we expect the parties to reach an amicable settlement without need for this court's intervention, all parties respectfully request an adjournment of approximately 60 days," according to Newsday.

The $30 million "Trump on the Ocean" project has been held up in litigation the last four years due to the State Review Board objecting to plans for a basement in a flood zone. Last year in an attempt to jumpstart the catering hall project, which was first conceived in late 2006, the  Alliance to Revitalize Jones Beach organized a  at Jones Beach State Park attended by Trump.

A spokesman for the Alliance to Revitalize Jones Beach declined to comment on the possible settlement. Officials for the Trump Organization could not be reached for comment. 

Do you support the Trump on the Ocean project at Jones Beach? Tell us in the comments below. 

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Lorraine DeVita June 05, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Naive- This is an untapped resource for revenue that we are ignoring- Trump is doing what the STATE itself should have done eons ago, look at the resources available and make the most of them. Jones Beach has the potential to be JUST as iconic with the proper commercial development for tourism. Making it THE place to vacation on the EAST coast. People DRIVe miles to go to the beach, we should develope a resort hotel on the west end, an RV park ,with diverse select tourist ammenities that could be a major draw for people all over the country. Yes Jones beach is nice the way it is, but inorder for it to remain open it needs to be self sufficient year long- Driving revenue rather then draining financial resources. There also be windmills and solar panels to provide alternatives to fuel /electricty , to insure the buildings that are there are GREEN- This project and possibly others will provide much needed revunue , jobs both in construction and permanant employment while also providing the communities on the road to jones with the opportunity to grow to provide a myriad of services thqat appeal to the tourists. jones beach needs grow with the times Robert moses was Visionary, We need a new vision for today and tomorrow.
jack Kratzer June 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Wantagh will recieve no tax credit from this so why would anyone from here support it? Having to look at anything on Jones Bezch with that jerks name on it makes me sick. He will probably try to buy the theater next and rename it the Trump Theater!
Ken June 05, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Wow! Talk about naive. You took this hook, line and sinker.
rick donovan June 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Anything to get rid of that current eyesore at Jones Beach!!!
Robert Demarco June 05, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The first time that the public is denied access to Jones Beach due to a "special event" at the catering facility will drive home the reality that Jones Beach is no longer the peoples' beach. I am all for progress, and I detest the barriers in TOH to development, but Jones Beach should not have a high end catering facility. A quality restaurant open to the general public will produce revenues and give everyone access.
billy alba June 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I despise the birther and racist but we need jobs! Obama 4 more years!
walter mitchell June 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Anyone with half a brain would have built this facility at the West End Parking. The building would have had a 360 degree view of the bay, inlet,, beach and ocean. It would not have impeded on the traffic at the main mall. Can you imagine the accidents at the tower circle? Well Wantagh Fire Department might as well open a new rescue station down there. Beach Golf Course which has been a main staple for 60 years looks like a pigs pen. walter mitchell grew up there ashamed of what the state government has allowed to happen.
walter mitchell June 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I agree so much with your opinion. One missing subject is the Town of Hempstead dealings and Nassau County with the backdoor closing of Roosevelt Raceway to build more stores and apartment complex.
smb June 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
anyone who believes the garbage Trump is telling us must be living in a bubble. Leave the beach as a beach not an Atlantic City wanta be. Think of the eyesore to the landscape, traffic, Wantagh fire department, and all the drunk drivers on the road. plus whereever Tump builds one another is sure to follow. And lets not forget the sweet deal of the nice tax break he got.. I never got a tax break on my house!
EJ48 June 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Agreed that locating the facility on the West End, preferably on the site of the ridiculous “nature center” would have been better. Nevertheless, the old building needed to be demolished so the state thought it was getting a twofer. I think that the fears raised by some of the other commentators are overblown. The beach is lightly used between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Moreover, I suspect that most of the use of Trump’s facility will be during the evening. The facility will generate revenue (although perhaps not enough), create jobs and remove the existing eyesore. Virtually any form of development creates the potential for congestion, accidents, etc. Having nearly been in accidents more than once at the traffic circle perhaps the state should require a system of traffic lights to be operational during those nights when the facility is being used. I hope the facility goes forward and that our local taxing authorities, particularly Wantagh UFSD, stays out of the process.
Lorraine DeVita June 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I tend to agree that the west end would have been a more ideal place for any commercial enterprise, however it STILL has the potential. there are many state park facilities that are state owned and run by hospitality corps. . There is a need for FAMILY oriented vacation ammenities, that could generate revenue. A camp ground RV park (and no i dont do or enjoy either) where guests could take advantage of ALL of the parks other facilities. They should also look into providing an area where recreational water sports are included- parasailing, etc. like they do in many of the coastal vacation towns across the east coast. We have a gold mine that we arent taking advantage of. We arent maximizing our assets! Having Trumps faciltity at the beach isnt a bad thing, in fact I am sure the farmers and fishermen of the south shore were horrified and outraged and had the same misgivings when the visionary Robert Moses built the roads to give everyone access to the beaches. Its called progress! We havent had any and we need to look to the future..and all these claims of DWI's and traffic? did ya all forget about the theater ? do those people fly in? they drink & drive and cause traffic issues also!
Chris Wendt June 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I am reserving judgment pending reading what the "deal" actually is. My primary concern is that the Wantagh School District and the Wantagh Fire District receive PILOT revenue either from Trump or from the State. If that is NOT part of the deal, then it is totally objectionable, regardelss of anything else. To Eric's point, neither District has any say in the deal and cannot force a PILOT agreement. Perhaps there will be a PILOT agreement included. I still think this operation will be a policing nightmare in terms of traffic congestion, DUI//DWI, and conflicts among partygoers and those who use Ocean Parkway as a really fast alternate to the SSP & Sunrise Highway. It all remains to be seen, and none of us really have a say in this deal. I wonder if Trump will have jugglers and knife-throwers performing there?
K.M. June 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The west End would be a better place for Trump on the Ocean,but I feel if anything can be built Trump is the person that can do it and it will last.The only thing I think is that the state should tell Trump to make the catering hall blend in with the surroundings.Not making it look out of place. With the place in witch the old catering hall was,fix it up with the golf course.
EJ48 June 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Chris, How many students in the Wantagh UFSD live south of the toll booths? We could just as easily "suggest" that an additional 25 cent surcharge be put on any car entering the parking fields. Your point on the fire/EMS is well taken and should have (and for all I know) may have been addressed when the deal was negotiated. As you said, to be seem.
Lorraine DeVita June 05, 2012 at 07:14 PM
All town and county beach fees should go directly to the specific entity ..individual SD's should not have a claim on taxes or fee's. That would cause a nigthmare in accounting. Jones BEACH itself is on STATE property therefore the money should go to the state. Good try chris, but not a leg to stand on...
Lorraine DeVita June 05, 2012 at 07:24 PM
you all kepp harping on TRAFFIC/safety/ DWI's .. yet no one was so traffic/safety /DWI minded about the Ikon theater ? why is that? Just how many people do you think this catering facility is going to house? perhaps several hundred? possibly more. who is at the beach in the winter or fall or even during summer evenings when most events will be taking place? Traffic is ONLY a problem on sunny hot days in the summer. possibly 70 days total great BEACH weather? Beach goers & concert goers DRINK btw. so lets not make a moutain out of a mole here people.
Chris Wendt June 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Jones Beach is wholly within the Wantagh School District and the Wantagh Fire District. The Wantagh Fire Department is responsible for fire fighting, EMS, etc. for the whole thing, form Jones Inlet to the border of TOBAY Beach (and I think they collect a fee from TOBAY). The Wantagh School District may not have such a strong leg on which to stand, but let's wait and see how this (PILOTs) is dealt with. Nothing will surprise me, and PILOTS for Wantagh would be a pleasant and welcome outcome. At least for Wantagh taxpayers.
Hollingsworth June 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Chris Wendt is right. It is not fair that Trump would not have to pay property taxes or school taxes and competing businesses have to pay exorbitant taxes. Yes, I welcome development at that site as long as it remains in line with Jones Beach's historic character. I also would hate to see signs that say "Trump Beach" or anything like that along Wantagh or the Meadowbrook. I do see Donald J. Trump Park at a state park along the Taconic that Trump currently has a catering hall and it just doesn't sit well with me. So long as Trump's catering hall is not as obstentatious as his other castles and towers; so long as he safely builds it without the basement; so long as Trump pays PILOTs to the Wantagh school and fire departments; so long as there are no large signs along our waterways leading up to the Trump facility; it really may be an improvement. The old restaurant that was not a high-priced restaurant, failed. And now an ugly construction site remains where the restaurant used to stand so I am looking forward for something to be built there. I would prefer that a section of this catering hall house a more modest priced restaurant, but Trump will build what will flourish in this economy. I don't want to see an empty building in five years.
Michael Barr June 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
West End would be a better location for the venue with the old CoastGuard station acting as a WFD station house open strictly on a need basis. As far as the tax revenues, there will be little or no money left for anyone to fight over, and the homeowners will bear the burden of fire, rescue, sewer, and road maintenence... Trump will get his 25% from whoever his operating partner is and the residents will get turned away.
EJ48 June 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Defensible as to Fire/EMS. Dead wrong IMHO as to school taxes, boundariew notwithstanding
Lorraine DeVita June 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
you are under the assumption there are PILOTs or even taxes ?i dont think trump with his negotiating savey would negotiate to pay property taxes on state property for his building. At best it is probably a land lease situation or a Trump build on state property paying the state a certain percentage of income based on revenue, similiar to the concessions who do not pay taxes or pilots to Wantagh.. The property which is where the VALUE is still i believe state owned..i also dont believe his name appears on the deed .. what i believe he has is a rather spiffy elevated glorified and genius concession agreement with the state..
Ken June 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Holy crap! All these years there was never a visionary as great as Donald Trump to realize the best use for the site. We really do need this catering hall there, don't we? It's a damn barrier island! Put the catering hall on the mainland so everyone can look south and see how beautiful Jones Beach is. Donald Trump, and now Andrew Cuomo, are cutting a deal to further their interests. PERIOD.
Chris Wendt June 06, 2012 at 09:41 AM
BINGO! I mean, CRAPS! Ken is right...and those interests are NOT about a catering hall for occasional weddings in Wantagh; they are about casino gambling on Jones Beach. Print this out, write my name and today's date on it and file it away for when that day arrives. Five will get you six I am right about casino gambling at the beach.
Ken June 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Right on Chris. How blind are people? Do they think for a minute Trump cares about anybody else's interests? He's an entrepreneur with an inflated ego, that's all. Now Andrew Cuomo was elected to govern the state in the best interests of the public. If there is such a need to create all these high paying jobs at a catering hall, let Trump build it somewhere else, like on the mainland, so the employees can use mass transit to get to and from work. Who are we kidding, The Donald wants to be in charge of the next Boardwalk Empire.
Lorraine DeVita June 06, 2012 at 12:43 PM
LMAO- Chris, common sense pls, if you honestly think that facility is BIG enough to house a viable profitable casino then you havent been to many. Trump is not ALL about casinos(truth be told his casino properties are not his most profitable crowning glories) However he is one of the leading property developers in the state. My only question with this whole thing is his tenacious grip on wanting a basement, a basement would be the accumulation point of any water .. flooding his operational plant and proposed kitchen, two of the more costly investments. However all three of his waterside casinos/hotels (as do most ALL the properties) in NJ have basements so perhaps he knows something we dont.. There is one thing that can be said in his favor he builds a damn good building ..no short cuts or shoddy workmanship.His name is synonomous with quality. So WHATEVER the FUNCTIONALITY is of the building it WILL last. Build a quality building offering high end quality food and people will come.. My opinion is : Just watch out for the HOTEL.. thats whats probably on the back burner. lol.. not a casino ....a hotel..
Lorraine DeVita June 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
THEN the casino... lol..
Richard Zitrick June 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Jones Beach is not a small town wanting to become the next Atlantic City or Myrtle Beach. It's a STATE PARK. It neither requires nor desires additional development. If the old defunct restaurant is such an eyesore, lets bulldoze it and plant grass and flowers. Sadly, some folks will not be happy until every square foot of earth has been "developed and improved". Let the developers "improve" all they want any private land that they purchase but let's protect the state parks from encroachment by developers who have but one aim in mind - filling their pockets. Besides the potential casino, I smell another "Yankee Stadium" deal where the owners (in this case Trump) walk away with a great deal and the taxpayers (Wantagh, Hempstead, Nassau and NY State) all get screwed.
Ken June 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Richard Zitrick is spot on. Lorraine , you are entitled to you opinion, but it is I who is LMAO based on your comments. It's a state park!!!!! Why don't you fight to privately develop Yellowstone?
Ken June 06, 2012 at 10:14 PM
No disrespect intended Lorraine, but come on, are you serious?
Lorraine DeVita June 07, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Calm down guys I was kidding- well almot kidding- i think the catering hall is ok and possibly a state run camping facility on the west end but thats about it. Neither the environment nor the infrastructure(roadways, water, etc.) could sustain anything else nor should it. However there are probably a myriad of ways the beach could be improved for the enjoyment of all without impacting the environment nor detract from jones beach itself.. . improving and expanding things that work WITH and enhance the beach experience. But a hotel and casino NO... I was only being facitious.

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