The revitalization of the gateway to the Tri-Hamlet community continues to expand as local leaders turn their focus to the southwest corner of William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway in Shirley. This past week Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, President Beth Wahl of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley and chamber members unveiled a new welcome sign at the corner. The sign was paid for with grant money from Brookhaven Town Caithness funds.
The new sign is the center piece of a beautification effort Legislator Browning is working on with the owner of the adjacent commercial property, Majestic Properties, and a local Eagle Scout to complete a landscaping project surrounding the sign. The new welcome sign compliments the southeast corner across the street where the bronze statue of William Floyd, donated by local Sculptor Santo Matarazzo who passed away in 2008, is now the centerpiece of the William Floyd Square. That project was championed by William Floyd Community Summit Beautification Committee Chairwoman Patricia Matthews and Legislator Kate Browning and was completed in 2013. The corner has been maintained by William Floyd Community Summit volunteers and continues to highlight the rich history of the William Floyd Community and helps bring a sense of pride to all who enter the neighborhood.
Once completed, the additional beautification project on the southwest corner will be maintained by Majestic Properties with help from community volunteers. Together the newly designed corners will greatly enhance the entrance to the Tri-Hamlet community where thousands of vehicles and pedestrians travel through daily.
“We have made great progress in transforming the gateway to our wonderful community,” stated Legislator Browning.
“This sign was in desperate need of replacing and I want to thank the Town of Brookhaven and Chamber of Commerce for their help in beautifying our area. I will continue to move this project forward and am excited to see that an Eagle Scout is going to be involved in enhancing the location even more. Now when residents and visitors enter our community they can see the amazing pride we all have here.”
“The Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley is glad to have the ‘Welcome’ sign that was in very poor condition removed and replaced with a new sign to welcome everyone to the Tri-Hamlet Community,” stated President Beth Wahl.