There has been lots of discussion about rebuilding Penfield Pavilion, and two sides are apparent. One side, voiced by Citizen columnist Patricia A. Hines, describes the serenity, recreation, and revenue the town would realize by rebuilding the pavilion. Other voices, directed at the Penfield Building Committee's Chairman, Jim Bradley, also are asking what we gain as a town by building over what nature has given us.
But Fairfield's beaches are our greatest natural resources, and residents are rightly questioning who benefits from replacing a pleasure palace on Penfield with another one. The town should reconsider whether construction of a party facility is the best land use. The Jacky Durrell banquet facility is already on Penfield Beach, and it stood up to Superstorm Sandy. The Durrell facility is also really beautiful -- can you imagine how fabulous those wedding guests felt two weeks ago when their evening ceremony was punctuated by the rising supermoon above Long Island Sound? That sort of event is courtesy of nature, not hurricane-vulnerable parquet floors.