Why is this decrepit wooden box still on the waterfront? It’s a mystery How is this thing still there? The answer is: It’s a failure in the design process. https://t.co/xIlSG7yzN1 pic.twitter.com/3kNKClWCe7 — SPLC (@SouthernCenter) May 18, 2018
Why is this decrepit wooden box still on the waterfront? It’s a mystery.
The answer is: It’s a failure in the design process.
The box, a piece of Coast Guard infrastructure on the New York Harbor, is the subject of a ruffled fish and shellfish industry.
The Federal Register says the box is intended to “protect recreational use of New York Harbor from being disrupted.”
“Long Island Sea Grant, which has filed a May 18, 2018, petition for an Administrative Review, or AR, against the modification of the current Use of the Services,” wrote Jane Metcalfe of Florida State University at Sarasota, “is advocating for a replacement that would protect navigation and environmental resources and close the loop of beneficial use and disposal of materials like bottle caps, medical waste, agricultural materials, refuse and invasive species.”
A periodic shipment of containerized materials, which are routinely recycled from oil companies, was being trucked under the old system, in this wooden box, from the East River to North Carolina. It was supposed to be returned with any unneeded items.
Once the containerized material is unloaded, it is put into another wooden box and dropped off at a stable in North Carolina for further recycling, according to the SPLC. It would be there for “15 or 20 years or more,” noted the SPLC.
As first reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the SPLC’s Louis DiGiacomo in March wrote to the Coast Guard requesting an “honest assessment of the condition of the box and its functioning ability to function as its intended purpose.”
DiGiacomo told Fox News that the SPLC is a “non-profit dedicated to ensuring that policies do not favor one political faction or ideology, but ensure that people’s freedom to practice their religion, and the rights of black and brown people in this country are upheld.”
He also told Fox News that “the SPLC’s Long Island Sea Grant was researching the closure of the box, but there was never any plan for the box to be removed from the harbor.”
The SPLC complaint says the items stacked in the box “are largely unneeded and pose a fire hazard,” and “the box’s current location would attract criminal activity.”
The SPLC noted that the box is located about 600 feet from the Long Island Aquarium, hundreds of feet south of the Boston Pride Pride Parade and right outside of the NYC Oyster Festival, “which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the area.”
DiGiacomo said the box wasn’t meant to be a safe harbor for anything, but was meant to be a place for recyclables, “which I’m not opposed to.”