The Huntington Town Board is renaming Crab Meadow Beach after former Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, who spent significant time during his 24-year tenure focused on renovating Crab Meadow Beach and the conservation of the Crab Meadow Watershed area.
Councilwoman Joan Cergol, who sponsored the renaming resolution, thanked the board for its support at the July 12 Town board meeting. The board approved the measure with a 5-0 vote.
“Frank Petrone did a great job for many years for the Town of Huntington and I’m very proud to be a co-sponsor with Joan [Cergol] for naming the park after Frank,” Councilman Gene Cook said after the vote.
Petrone was elected Town of Huntington Supervisor in 1993 and served until the end of 2017. In 1996, Supervisor Petrone and the town board approved a master plan for Crab Meadow Beach and the Jerome A. Ambro Memorial Wetlands Preserve to maintain the integrity of the coastal wetland system while enabling public recreational access.
In 2010, Supervisor Petrone established the Northport Water Quality Protection Committee to develop an action plan to restore water quality in the Northport Harbor and Bay Complex. The Petrone administration also created the Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee to invite community input on a local stewardship plan intent on maintaining and enhancing the Crab Meadow Watershed, a 680-acre public land assemblage comprised of the Jerome A. Ambro Memorial Wetlands Preserve, Fuchs Pond Preserve, Henry Ingraham Nature Preserve, Makamah Nature Preserve, Geisslers Beach, and Crab Meadow Beach and Golf Course.
The beach will be named “Frank P. Petrone Crab Meadow Beach.” A renaming ceremony is planned for Friday, October 14.