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...

Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner®, Comcast®, customers with access to News 12.

Already registered or an Optimum customer?
Log in
Time Warner®, Comcast® or Service ElectricSM customer?
Create an account
Not a customer?
Subscribe