2012-06-29 / Letters

Beach 128 Flagpole

Dear Editor,

I don’t know where to start, however, when we moved from our three-acre home in Mahopac, New York to the beach block on 128, it was a big transition for us, but we fell in love with the ocean view and old glory flying in the wind at the end of the road. One morning the flag and half the pole were gone; it stood like this for over a year, the Parks Department would not replace it. Unfortunately, a young lady on our block passed away this winter. Her family was willing to pay a contractor to install a new pole, a flag and a small memorial in this young lady’s name.

When the pole was installed last week it was a thing of beauty, everyone from the beach block to the bay on 128 Street, loved it – except two families. They said it blocks their view. The original half of the flag pole still stands about fifteen feet to the left of the new one which would have still blocked their view when the flag was flying.

When I confronted one of the people who opposed the flag, she said and I quote, “I called the congressman and the brother of the young lady that passed on and said to him, ‘If it means that much to you, why don’t you put it on your block.’ ” I couldn’t believe my ears. They also said what did the woman that passed on do for the block to get a memorial. Again, I was in shock. Standing from my deck, which is only a few homes next to the homeowner’s that oppose, it is obvious that where the flag is now as to where she stood originally is no difference visually. Yet, the pole and flag will have to be moved. We don’t understand what the issue is; there seems to be more than meets the eye, and we would like to know.


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