LI Batting Cage In Jeopardy


SEPTEMBER 11. THE NEW AGREEMENT WILL ALLOW SMALLER AMERICAN FLAGS ON THE FIRE EQUIPMENT. ON LONG ISLAND, A MINI GOLF AND BATTING CAGE THAT IS VERY POPULAR IS IN DANGER OF HAVING TO SHUT DOWN. IT SITS ON STATE OWNED PROPERTY, MANAGERS ARE TRIPLING THE MONTHLY RENT. TV 1055’S LONG ISLAND BUREAU CHIEF RICHARD ROSE HAS THE STORY FROM NASSAU COUNTY. JUST BENEATH THE APPROACH LANES FOR AIRPLANES LANDING AT JFK AIRPORT IS THE FIVE TOWN’S MANY GOLF AND BATTING CAGE COMPLEX. FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, LOCALS HAVE ENJOYED THE BATTING CAGES ARCADE AND MINI GOLF COURSE, BUT, THE LAND IS OWNED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AND THE D.O.T. IS LOOKING TO RAISE MONTHLY RENT BY NEARLY $8000. IF IT IS GOING TO BE THE RAISE THAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR, WE WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN. Reporter: OWNER MATT ROSEN SAID TEASINGLY CANNOT AFFORD HIGHER RENT, ESPECIALLY SINCE HE SPENT NEARLY $100,000 REPLACING BATTING CAGES RUINED BY SUPER STORM SANDY’S FLOODWATERS. AREA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES DEPEND ON THESE CAGES, HUNDREDS OF KIDS WOULD BE DISAPPOINTED IF IT WERE CLOSE. I COME EVERY FEW DAYS, PLAY IN A COUPLE OF LEAGUES AROUND HERE. IF IT WERE NOT FOR THIS PLACE I WOULD NOT BE PLAYING BASEBALL. Reporter: SHELLEY COMES EVERY WEEK TO WATCH HIS GRANDSON AFFECT HIS SWING. I THINK IT IS OUTRAGEOUS AND WAY TOO HIGH. THE GENTLEMAN THAT RUN THIS PLACE DO A FABULOUS JOB AND ARE JUST SNEAKING BY. Reporter: A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE D.O.T. SAYS THE RENT INCREASE IS LONG OVERDUE, ADDING THAT ALL D.O.T. PROPERTIES IN THE FIVE TOWNS AREA WERE SUBJECT TO A RENT INCREASE MORE REFLECTIVE OF THE REGION’S CURRENT PROPERTY VALUES. 1700 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED AN ONLINE PETITION CALLING FOR A RENT ROLL BACK. AS A RESULT, ROSEN SAYS STATE OFFICIALS HAVE ASKED TO MEET WITH HIM IN THE COMING DAYS. WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY THAT AND HOPING THAT WE CAN COME TO A REASONABLE AGREEMENT. Reporter: OTHERWISE, THE CLOSED SIGN USED IN THE WINTER

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