Trump on the Ocean Opponent Planning to Fight Possible Deal in Court

Patricia Friedman preparing to fight potential deal between Donald Trump and state for Jones Beach catering hall project.

One of the most vocal opponents to Donald Trump’s planned restaurant catering facility at  in Wantagh is already gearing up for a legal battle if the famed real estate mogul and the state end up striking a deal for the long-stalled development.

Trump and the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that could lead to the developer being allowed to construct his catering hall at the site of the former Boardwalk Café at Jones Beach, Newsday reported last week. Longtime Nassau County civic activist Patricia Friedman, who has been one of the staunchest critics to the Trump on the Ocean project, said the state should not be negotiating a deal with Trump, who she feels should have never been given rights to the seafront property to begin with. Trump’s $30 million Jones Beach 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.

“I am reaching out for an attorney to be prepared for a possible injunction," said Friedman, a Garden City Park resident who ran unsucessfully for State Assembly in the 21st district two years ago. “We have to stop Donald Trump from taking over our historical park.”


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Friedman has expressed support for resurrecting the Boardwalk Café, which sat on the site where Trump wants to build a 70,000 square-foot restaurant catering facility before it was demolished in 2004. Friedman said a major part of her possible court case against Trump will argue that the state did not conduct a fair bidding process for the open Jones Beach property.

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. Last fall, the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce  for the Trump on the Ocean proposal.  

Officials for the Trump Organization did not return calls seeking comment. 

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

Lorraine DeVita June 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
chris, lets discount the people who actually work there and see first hand daily what the conditions are...sometimes its better to get the persepctive and info from the people who actually are on the scene daily to assess place somethings into perspective. Ryan thanks for the much needed input ...
Drew June 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I'm all for building a new restaurant at Jones Beach, but if anyone thinks that Donald Trump has the best interests of Long Islanders at heart, you're just being naive. It's all about maximizing what goes in his pocket, not what's in our best interests. This will just be the tip of the iceberg. Next will be a hotel, then a casino. Who knows what comes after that. I'm not against progress, but there is only so much development the area can support.
Chris Wendt June 29, 2012 at 05:16 PM
BREAKING: DEAL REACHED! Trump on the Ocean will have a new lease starting in 2012, a scaled-down basement that does not violate flood-plain zoning, and will comport with the 1930's stone architectural elements common throughout much of Jones Beach State Park original facilities. Trump will not have to pay rent for the time lost fighting with the State in court. Wantagh Schools and Fire District got nothing out of the deal.
Lorraine DeVita June 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
chris why would you think or even lead people to think that the SD and Fd would receive anything ITS STATE PROPERTY. he is basically building a concession stand albeit a rather fancy pricey one ..... The state is the owner of the property not donald trump...
Marty July 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
200,000 a year! I wish I could build a restaurant there and only have to pay pennies for such a great location on the Ocean! No public notice to entice bidding on prime property. That is where the outrage should be. There should be daily picketting at that site everyday. Something is very wrong it is a State facility and state work goes to bidding. This is a violation of something, people including our elected officials need to address this injustice.This whole plan is a ripoff of the hard working taxpayers of New York and Trump benifits again like when NYC bailed out a broke Trump in the 1980's that everyone including Trump forgets....... The Wantagh School Board shouldn't be the only ones raising issues. What happened to fair open competitive bidding Gov. Coumo?


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