Smith Point County Park outer beach closure angers permit holders

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Residents who paid for permits say they're outraged they won't be refunded. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

The outer beach at Smith Point County Park is closed to vehicles, angering residents who paid for permits to be able to drive onto the beach.

Officials say the beach is closed to vehicles to protect the piping plover, an endangered bird residing in the area. Suffolk County officials say they are required by federal law to restrict access to protect the bird.

Residents say normally the...

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