Sag Harbor Bay and Long Wharf, photo wikimedia Commons. The Suffolk County [New York] Legislature on Tuesday [December 18], in a long-awaited move, turned over ownership of the Long Wharf from the county to Sag Harbor Village, citing its costly upkeep.

The unanimous, 16-0 vote returns the iconic pier and parking area, which juts out into the bay near Windmill Beach, to the village’s possession for the first time since 1947, when it was incorporated into the county highway system and became technically known as County Road 81.

The county estimated that it spent about $100,000 per year on the wharf amid projections that it would need major capital repairs within 10 years.

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