§ 57-0103. Legislative declaration.
The legislature hereby declares it to be in the public interest to
protect and manage the Pine Barrens-Peconic Bay system, in the county of
Suffolk, by establishing a Long Island Pine Barrens maritime reserve. It
is further in the public interest to establish a council made up of representatives
of state and local governments and private citizens to prepare a comprehensive
management plan and make recommendations to preserve, protect and enhance
the natural, recreational, economic and educational values of the region,
which the state and local governments may adopt. In addition, it is further
in the public interest to establish a commission made up of a governor's
appointee, the county executive of Suffolk county and the supervisors of
the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton to prepare, oversee
and participate in the implementation of a comprehensive land use plan
for the Central Pine Barrens area to guide development therein in a manner
suitable to the needs for preservation of the core preservation area and
compatible growth and development in the compatible growth area.