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Mar 7, 2018 9:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sea Scouts Seeking To Lease Part Of Conscience Point For Maritime Club

Josh Belury, a Sea Scout leader, gives a presentation at Town Hall where he asks to lease space at Conscience Point in North Sea for an after school Mariners Explorers Club. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Mar 7, 2018 11:25 AM

A maritime unit of the Boy Scouts of America is seeking to lease space at Conscience Point marina in North Sea from Southampton Town for a new after-school club.

The Mariners Explorers Club, a Southampton-based organization, would target boys and girls from the fourth through 12th grades and teach them science, history, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, according to Josh Belury, the leader of Sea Scout Ship 909. A ship is the Sea Scouts’ version of a troop.

Mr. Belury and Gary Glanz, a liaison for Old Town Lodge in Southampton, a fraternal philanthropic club, gave a presentation to the Town Board during last week’s work session. They explained why members should agree to lease a portion of the town-owned marina that sits on a small peninsula in North Sea Harbor to the Sea Scouts so it could be utilized as a floating classroom.

Pointing out that his group is a nonprofit, Mr. Belury asked the town to be “gentle” with the proposed rent—suggesting that his organization make a payment of only $10 per month.

As he paced back and forth while addressing Town Board members on March 1, Mr. Belury, a former math teacher who now works as a carpenter, explained that he is excited about his proposal, noting that it would be educational for those who sign up. “It will be fully vetted with science and math, which is my passion,” said Mr. Belury, who was employed as a teacher in Texas prior to moving to Southampton Village.

Mr. Belury lined the Town Board dais with a plethora of props—including replicas of World War II vehicles, a measuring cup, and small fragments of several different metals, among other items—to showcase the educational components of his program. He also placed plastic bags filled with the necessary components to build a model boat before each board member before asking them questions about the items.

“What shape is it?” Mr. Belury asked as Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman pulled out a piece of foam that would be used for the boat’s base.

“A trapezoid,” Mr. Schneiderman correctly replied.

Mr. Belury then instructed board members to remove a ruler from their bags so they could calculate the surface area of the trapezoid.

“This is just a taste,” Mr. Belury said. “This is a taste of what the children will be doing in the classroom.”

Mr. Belury explained that the club would offer a completely hands-on experience to educate children in the community. “Kids and adults—everyone—learns better from experiential teaching,” he added.

While both Mr. Schneiderman and Town Councilman John Bouvier appeared interested in the proposal, their counterparts said they would like more details before proceeding.

Mr. Schneiderman asked Town Attorney James Burke to look into why the town acquired the land for the marina to determine if the floating classroom would be an appropriate use. According to Community Preservation Fund Manager Mary Wilson, Conscience Point was purchased by the town using fund proceeds in 2003.

Board members noted that they need to determine if there are enough parking spots and bathrooms to accommodate the Sea Scouts. It was also suggested that Mr. Belury and Mr. Glanz consult with the Town Trustees regarding the proposal.

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I heard a town trustee made comments and did the reporter miss the them.
By taxpayer1 (72), Southampton on Mar 7, 18 1:27 PM
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Mar 7, 18 1:47 PM
What is the building used for? Empty? Is the Mariners Explorer up and running?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 7, 18 3:03 PM
How about they put the sea scout building inside a dumpster, throw out the junk boats, and other garbage collected by the sea scouts (ie hot tubs, hobie cats, concrete sail boat) , and make the ramp so it’s not a tire popping axle bending pos at low tide. Better yet fix the ramp, put in a floating dock with launching on each side and pave the parking lot.
By Josey (2), Hampton bays on Mar 7, 18 4:27 PM
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Lobster Inn? Lots of room...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 8, 18 9:19 AM
So the Sea Scouts built lifted dumpy sheds on land that isn't even their's??? We're permits ever issued to build those eyesores on stilts??? That boat ramp and parking area is a dump - Southamptown Town & it's "elected" Trustees need to wake up!!!
By cormac (3), southampton on Mar 8, 18 10:08 AM
There’s no room to turn around a decent size rig in the lot if there are more than 3 trailers parked at the ramp due to the shacks and crap the Sea Scouts have there. While the organization seems like a good thing , the tax payers have lost access
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 8, 18 11:38 AM
There a little more to this..Tax payer should not be hoodwinked Clean up the area.
By Local247 (39), Southampton on Mar 9, 18 12:20 PM
Place was a junk yard, looks like a homeless camp. What little space there was is gone, who let that happen? What a dump.
Trustees should reconsider what the future is... No room for expansion, loss of parking lot. It is supposed to be a boat ramp.How did thry expand so much?
How about the spot on dune road. Lay down rules
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Apr 1, 18 8:27 AM