The Huntington Town Board voted Tuesday to rescind a provision of town law that had permitted overnight use of campgrounds.
Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts had planned to allow for up to 70 tents placed in its wooded areas and rented to adults during camp off-hours. Usdan said the “glamping” rentals would help support scholarships for students who attend the summer camp.
Neighbors, however, objected, citing concerns about trash, noise, illicit behavior, fire hazards, and more. In early May, the camp withdrew its request. The vote Tuesday, following a public hearing, eliminates the possibility of Usdan or any other site applying for permission to allow a similar overnight use.
Usdan executive director Lauren Brandt Schloss told the board that it would work with the community on alternatives for its unused space, and said the camp appreciated the community’s concerns.
Michael Rosedale, who led the opposition in the neighborhood, reiterated his support for the camp and said,”I thank the board personally–you’ve listened to the concerns of the community. We will move forward, and we remain supportive of Usdan.”
Councilwoman Joan Cergol proposed the resolution, with the backing of Councilmen Gene Cook and Sal Ferro, and supported by Town Supervisor Ed Smyth and Councilman David Bennardo.