Patchogue’s latest installation will serve as a beacon of hope for boaters looking to have a good time on the river or Great South Bay this season.

In the meantime, Mayor Paul Pontieri, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Town Neil Foley took to the waters to admire the rehabbed jetty and lighthouse at Sandspit Marina.

Work to rehabilitate the east jetty at the river’s breakwaters cost over $1 million. It was funded by the state ($650,000), town ($300,000) and village ($100,000).

Next, a new fishing pier, which will be accessible to people with disabilities, will be constructed over the jetty using a town Community Block Grant ($100,000), according to a town announcement issued Thursday.

The jetty project was deemed essential in preserving boater access to and from the bay after dredging of the river was done over 10 years ago.

Pointieri previously told GreaterPatchogue the repairs were long overdue.

“We didn’t do the things we should have done at the time [of the dredging], which is to have the jetty fixed,” he said during the construction. “It needs to be done before we get into a situation where we have to dredge the river again.”

Top: Neil Foley, Paul Pontieri and Ed Romaine at Sandspit Marina with the newly constructed Patchogue Lighthouse in the background. (courtesy)

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Pontieri: Jetty rehab essential to prevent Patchogue River from filling in again