By Alyson Gordon
The 180th Lighthouse Development Community Outreach Meeting provided members of the Long Island community with the opportunity to get an update from the Project's principals, including Islanders owner Charles B. Wang.
The bottom line for the overwhelming majority in attendance was how the Lighthouse Project will affect the future of Long Island, and especially the future of the Islanders.
“From what I heard tonight everyone made promises,” said Milton Seltzer, a Wantagh resident who has lived on Long Island for 52 years. “All I can say is that it looks like everyone wants the Lighthouse, and there is no reason why it can’t happen. I’m all for it.”
Many who attended the meeting were there to support the Islanders, and expressed how important the team is to Long Islanders. Some said they can’t imagine what it would be like if the team left.
“The Lighthouse is something we need—not only for the smart development of Nassau County—but for Islanders fans,” said Mary Perry of Levittown. “I’m a long-time resident of Long Island and grew up with the team. It would be a shame to see them go.”
|Fans register to speak at Thursday's meeting |
Islanders’ season ticket holder Danny Devita of Laurel Hollow, thinks the Lighthouse Project is a no-brainer.
“The Lighthouse needs to get done. I don’t see how we can argue against this,” Devita said. “We are providing job opportunities and building a real destination point on Long Island. When people think of the state of New York, they think of New York City. When people think of Long Island, I want them to think of the Lighthouse.”
Islanders' legend Bob Nystrom, who pointed out that he is one of the oldest Islanders, addressed the crowd from one the audience microphones.
"The Islanders have to stay on Long Island," Nystrom said. "And we've got to have a place where people can go to be entertained, have dinner, gather, go to a movie—it's so important.”
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