The View of Broadwater from on Deck
That may or may not be true, and it may or may not be important. One issue that hardly ever gets mentioned though is that if views are important, the views from the shore are not the only ones that should be considered.
Two decades ago it was estimated that on summer weekends, 90,000 recreational boats take to the Sound. Even though they have the right to cruise on the waters of the Sound, the part of the Sound that Broadwater wants to take over will be off limits to them. And, of course, they'll have to look at this new, enormous industrial facility as well.
You might consider that to be a trivial problem. Another perspective, though, is that boaters make up an important part of the Sound's constituency. The Long Island Sound survey that came out two weeks ago showed that the people who use the Sound the most are also the most zealous in wanting to protect it. Ruining the boating experience -- ruining the view of the open Sound -- could easily cause those recreational mariners to care a whole lot less. As I said, it's not the most important issue, but it's one worth remembering anyway.
In the meantime, Congress is holding hearings on Long Island on Broadwater security problems, here.