By Dan Shapley
A steep price for a sensitive plot connected to Long Island Sound
A county government on New York's Long Island is considering spending $1.2 million to preserve a 1.2-acre piece of land on Shelter Island it deems environmentally sensitive. Everyone knows land prices in New York City and everywhere within commuting or vacationing distance from New York City are extraordinarily high. That's one reason the county charges a surcharge on all land purchases to fund its open space program. But even county lawmakers working with one of the nation's first and most innovative open space protection laws are balking at the $1 million-an-acre price. The environmental question at the heart of this pricey land deal is this: How much damage could one home do to a vulnerable creek that flows into beleaguered Long Island Sound? And, of course, what is the value of that ounce of prevention, according to a story in the June 21 Newsday.