Newsday – Fort Salonga shares a ZIP code with Northport, straddles two townships and is split between two school districts. Not every resident may agree on what’s officially in Fort Salonga and what’s not, but what’s almost never at issue is that it’s a beautiful, treasured North Shore community. The name Fort Salonga came from Fort Slongo, a British fortification along the Sound in Smithtown that played an important role at the end of American Revolution, according to “Smithtown, New York, 1660-1929: Looking Back Through the Lens” by Noel Gish.
“It’s prestigious, yet has a cozy, country vibe,” says Kristen Costa of Landmark Realty of Long Island about the woodland community. “It’s the perfect place to settle and raise a family. And the quiet and desirable country setting offers a variety of home styles,” Costa says.
John Hayes, president of the Fort Salonga Property Owners Association, describes the community as bucolic. “It really is. You have the Sound to the north and Crab Meadow Beach to the west, plus the wetland preserve and Fresh Pond which is an extremely environmentally sensitive pond that flows into the Sound. And if it’s golf you’re looking for, there are at least four golf courses within a five-minute drive,” Hayes says.
A current subject of discussion in the community is the proposed 98-unit townhouse development for residents age 55 and over at the Indian Hills Country Club golf course. Northwind Group in Hauppauge is the developer behind the application. Lauren Lembo, public Information officer for the Town of Huntington, provided this update: “The planning department reviewed the current draft of the environmental impact study and sent multiple and lengthy comments to the applicants. The department is now waiting for the applicant to address the issues raised.”
“Our decision to settle in Fort Salonga is one of the best life decisions we ever made,” says Stu Levin, long-term Fort Salonga resident, adding “almost every block in the area is picturesque.” The boardwalk at Sunken Meadow Park, (which is actually in nearby Kings Park) is three-quarters of a mile long and directly on the Sound, Levin says. “The beach gets very crowded on summer weekends, but the boardwalk attracts locals all year long. In my opinion, it is the jewel of our area.”
By Ann Donahue-Smukler. Photo credit: James Carbone