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In keeping with its Mission Statement, the Long Island Seaport and Eco Center (LISEC) is focused on the preservation of Long Island's maritime heritage and the conservation of Long Island Sound.  It supports and sponsors projects and activities to raise awareness of the area's rich nautical history and surrounding environment, while educating our youth and keeping alive the spirit of community involvement.  Currently, LISEC is almost exclusively involved with its ever expanding wooden boat building and restoration projects housed in the Bayles Boat Shop, located in Port Jefferson Harborfront Park.  The recent addition of its Student/Youth Boat Building Program, its history of involvement with Adopt-A-Beach, Shellfish Restoration, Go Green Events, and utilization of the Sound and Harbor as a Learning Laboratory are part of its dedicated commitment to community outreach.  


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 suitable for community use.  This desirable site, steeped in ship building history and sporting majestic views and deep-water access, was slated to be sold for commercial development, perhaps for a parking garage.  Though a prime waterfront location, the property had become a polluted brown-field site following 100 years of ship building, and another fifty years of use as a Mobil Oil Tank Farm.  Nonetheless, LISEC's efforts were successful and the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson purchased the 5.1 acre property in 1997. 

For the next ten years, LISEC members worked on every committee that was formed to create a master plan for a new community park.  Dedicated to keeping the ship building history of this park alive, LISEC also sponsored Tall Ship Sails during these development years, and initiated small wooden boat restoration and building projects inside the drafty and rusted-out Machine Shop and Mould Loft building, which was once part of the historic Bayles Shipyard.  


LISEC's activities drew community interest and the 1917 building was eventually preserved. Under the leadership of then Mayor Jeanne Garant and NY State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, the site was cleaned, the Harborfront Park was built, and the historic ship-building structure was renovated, becoming the Port Jefferson Village Center.  Additionally, the historic ships Chandlery Building was restored and now houses several of the areas non-profit organizations.  In 2000, the two buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Over the years, LISEC's commitment and involvement has expanded to include construction of a beautiful post and beam structure housing the Bayles Boat Shop, wooden boat building events, Shellfish Restoration and Adopt-A-Beach conservation initiatives, and educational programs using the Sound, Harbor and Boat Shop as a Learning Laboratory.


Leonard Carolan, President

Barbara Haegele



John Janicek


Phil Schiavone

Bayles Boat Shop


Walter Saraceni

Bayles Boat Shop

John Holownia  

Bayles Boat Shop


Ralph Antignano  

Bayles Boat Shop

Charles Kenny

Director Emeritus


Charles "Chic" Vorrhis


Director Emeritus

Kathy O' Sullivan


Director Emeritus

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