"THAT'S HISTORY"

On August 31, 2010, the 84 year old town of Mastic Beach voted itself into becoming an incorporated village. The people were sharply divided on this issue, but as you can see by these artcles from 60 + years ago, that was nothing new.

Back then, the two civic groups were the MBPOA, who met in the original town of Mastic Beach clubhouse in Section 1 and the newly formed Mastic Civic Association, who met in the Democratic Clubhouse on Locust Drive in Section 3. The main dividing issue seemed to be control of the waterfront, especially that of the newly acquired waterfront and dock on the Knapp estate property. As I have said many times on this website, Knapp's estate had split the town in two for it's first 12 years of existence from 1926 - 1938 because Home Guardian had developed property on both the east and west borders of it. Within a month of the Knapp property being sold in June of '38, the president of the MBPOA, Dr. William Henrichson came out in favor of incororporation as a village as the only cure for their troubles.

ALL NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ARE FROM THE PATCHOGUE ADVANCE

1938

Thinking ahead that Knapp would eventually sell them the mansion too, Home Guardian tried to get the propety it sat on rezoned for business. They were turned down which explains why they never bought it for the 18 months or so it was on the market

UNTIL J F KNAPP PRICED IT SO LOW - THEY JUST COULDN'T REFUSE

They also applied to the town board for rezoning to commercial on both sides of Neighborhood Road where it crossed Knapp's estate between Monroe & McKinley Drives. That move was turned down on the grounds that the two existing commercial zones were more than adequate for the population. And they tried several times to get Knapp's private dock rezoned for a commercial boatyard and fishing station. That was opposed by the residents and other fishing station owners ( Mike & Walter , Captain Andy, Fred's etc and went nowhere.

1940

The Roads, Beaches, Budgets & Drawing Lines In The Sand

The bigger problem of housing code enfocement, that drove the current election had not been an issue back then. By 1940 Vincent Cooney of Woodland Drive, wanted to go after The Smadbeck Brothers ( Home Guardian Co.) for causing the limbo.William Julien Sauerbrel of Daisy Drive said - Let's Write To Mr. Knapp To Find Out Just What Land He Deeded Over And To Whom.

1941

TO BE CONTINUED

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