New Suffolk Waterfront Fund
In the heart of New Suffolk lies 3.4 acres of waterfront property with sweeping views of Cutchogue Harbor and Robins Island. A natural anchorage, Cutchogue Harbor and New Suffolk were home to a busy port at the end of the 18th century and a flourishing oyster and scalloping industry at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. New Suffolk’s waters also served as the site for the trials of the US Navy’s first submarine, the USS Holland, and the port served as a submarine base from 1897-1905.
The waterfront has slowly declined over the last 30 years. A string of private developers proposed schemes for the waterfront property. However, none of the proposed projects were in keeping with history, character, and scale of the area and eventually, facing opposition from the community and the New Suffolk Civic Association, these development ventures were abandoned.
In 2005, members of the New Suffolk Civic Association resolved to purchase the waterfront property to ensure its preservation and appropriate development, establishing the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund, Inc. (NSWF), a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fund’s mission is to:
- Preserve and protect New Suffolk’s unique and historic waterfront, respecting the property’s scenic beauty and maritime heritage;
- Support on-site recreational, educational, and commercial activities to enhance community life and ensure environmental sustainability for the uplands and the bay;
- Assure public access now and for future generations.
In a collaborative effort with the Peconic Land Trust (Trust), the Trust acquired the property in 2007. In 2010, NSWF then took over ownership and management of the property from the Trust, with help from The Conservation Fund and financial support of over 500 individual donors.
In June 2012, collaboration with Robins Island Holdings allowed the community to implement a long-term solution to a threatened property as Robins Island Holdings purchased the southern portion of the property to create a protected preserve. Conservation easements have guaranteed the protection of opens spaces and scenic vistas in perpetuity.
The Robins Island Foundation, The Moore Charitable Foundation’s regional affiliate, is proud to partner with The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund.
Learn more here.