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For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2012
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Department of State Approves Village of Sodus Point’s Amendment to its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

New York State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales announced today his approval of an amendment to the Village of Sodus Point Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP, originally approved in 2006, serves as a long-term management program for the Village’s Lake Ontario and Sodus Bay waterfront resources that seeks to strengthen the local economy, expand waterfront access opportunities, and protect natural and cultural resources. The LWRP was amended to better reflect local circumstances, identify new waterfront access projects, and establish a harbor management plan.

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales said, “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program establishes a consensus between the Village and the State, assuring that we work in partnership to implement this revitalization strategy. As with Sodus Point, we encourage communities which have completed an LWRP to periodically review the need to update it so we can continue to revitalize and protect each community and its natural resources. The establishment of a harbor management plan will allow the Village to better manage boating and water uses, as well as to protect its magnificent waterfront resources.”

Sodus Point Mayor Michael F. Sullivan noted, "The Village of Sodus Point Local Waterfront Revitalization Program amendment adds major water use and harbor management elements to the original LWRP. This LWRP and the current amendment are inclusive of the entire Village. It is of such significance and importance to the Village that the Village Board of Trustees adopted the LWRP amendment as the new Comprehensive Plan for the Village, replacing the Master Plan of 1995. We are extremely appreciative of the cooperation and efforts of NYS Department of State in developing the LWRP amendment.”

The amendment to Sodus Point’s LWRP was prepared in collaboration with the Department of State and adopted under provisions of Article 42 of the Executive Law and its implementing regulations. To support the Village’s efforts, the Department has awarded $80,000 in grants from the Environmental Protection Fund - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for construction of improvements to Harriman Park and preparation of this LWRP amendment.

The Department of State works in partnership with more than 300 communities across the state through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, from Sag Harbor on Long Island’s east end to Buffalo along Lake Erie to address numerous waterfront issues, such as economic development, protecting natural resources, and enhancing public access opportunities.