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Mt. Sinai and Port Jefferson, NY
Mt. Sinai Harbor, Port Jefferson Harbor, Cedar Beach, and McAllister County Park
Both Port Jefferson Harbor and Mount Sinai Harbor make up this Stewardship Area on the North Shore of Suffolk County. The Stewardship Area consists of open water, tidal flats, salt marshes, and barrier beaches.
Initially called “Drowned Meadow,” Port Jefferson was settled in the 1600s and is now a densely populated area with a deep-water harbor. The Port Jefferson area was once covered in marshlands, but now village shops sit nestled along Main Street. During the 1800s, most of the beach could not be seen as the area was covered in massive shipbuilding infrastructure. This infrastructure was second in size to the Brooklyn shipyard during the steel age. What is currently referred to as Pirate’s Cove is a man-made area which was once used for the production of cement.
Mount Sinai includes the largest North Shore beach in the Town of Brookhaven, and provides access to Long Island Sound for both commercial and recreational use. Mount Sinai Harbor is 455 acres in area, consisting of salt marsh, mudflats, and open water. Within the harbor is the Town of Brookhaven Park and Cedar Beach, which includes two bathing beaches, a town marina, and a nature center. Within the harbor you can find softshell clams, hard clams, oysters, and mussels.