WHAT IS LISEC
In keeping with its Mission Statement, Long Island Seaport and Eco Center (LISEC) is focused on the conservation of Long Island Sound and preservation of Long Island's maritime heritage.  It supports and sponsors projects and activities to raise awareness of the area's nautical history and the environment, while educating our youth and keeping alive the spirit of community involvement.  Currently LISEC is heavily involved with its ever expanding wooden boat restoration and building activities housed in the Bayles Boat Shop, located in Port Jefferson's Harborfront Park.  Its involvement with Adopt-A-Beach, Shellfish Restoration, Go Green Events, Using the Sound and Harbor as a Learning Laboratory are part of its ever expanding outreach.  LISEC membership is available to all who wish to expand their knowledge and wrap themselves in the past and future of Long Island's marine environment………Come join the journey! 
Conservation, Education, Restoration, Creation​, ​Participation
Long Island Seaport and Eco Center

even a parking garage.  Though a prime waterfront location, the property was a polluted brown field following 100 years of ship building and fifty years of use as a Mobil Oil Tank Farm.LISEC's efforts were successful and the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson purchased the 5.1 acre property in 1997.  It was a great undertaking to get the community behind a vision for the site.  For the next ten years, LISEC members worked on every committee that was formed to create a master plan for a community park.Dedicated to keeping the ship building history of this park alive, LISEC sponsored Tall Ship Sails during the development years,  It also initiated small wooden boat restoration and building projects inside a drafty and rusted out  ship-building structure.  LISEC's activities drew community interest and the 1917 building was saved. Under the leadership of then Mayor Jeanne Garant and NYS State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, the site was cleaned, a park was built, the ship-building structure was renovated becoming the Port Jefferson Village Center, and a historic ships chandlery building was restored and now houses area non-profit organization up stairs.  The ground floor is the future home of the Childrens Maritime Museum.

Over the years, LISEC's involvement has expanded to include the post and beam construction of the Bayles Boat Shop, Wood Boat Building, Adopt-A-Beach, Shellfish Restoration and Using the Sound and Harbor as a Learning Laboratory.
THE HISTORY OF LISEC
 
LISEC was founded in 1995 when a group of citizens banded together to bring community attention to the last available property on Port Jefferson's harbor that might be available for community use.  This desirable site, steeped in ship building history and sporting majestic views and deep-water access, was about to be sold for commercial development, perhaps 
...A VISION...
 
the old
became
the new
​Sheena Bocciolone
Vice President

Charles Kenny
Treasurer

Phil Schiavone
Bayles Boat Shop

Brian McCaffrey
Bayles Boat Shop

Kathy O'Sullivan
Director Emeritus
Education

LISEC DIRECTORS 
​Barbara Haegele
Secretary

Leonard Carolan
Event Coordinator

John Holownia  
Bayles Boat Shop

Charles "Chic" Vorrhis
Director Emeritus,
Co-Founder

Charles Carter
Director Emeritus 


Betty Ann ArinkPresident
...a polluted brown field...
 
...a rusted out building...
LONG ISLAND SEAPORT & ECO CENTER
101A EAST BROADWAY
PORT JEFFERSON, NY  11777
(631-474-4725)
www.LISEC.org
lisec101a@gmail.com
Port Jefferson 
Village Center
Skipjack built by LISEC
Bayles Boat Shop in Port Jefferson Harborfront Park
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