Violet Cove

Our Vision for an Ecology & Art Center

The Violet Cove site previously held the remnants of a restaurant that shuttered in 2008, before Hurricane Sandy destroyed the property in 2012. The beach in the cove is much intact. The building, parking lot, bulk heading and marina are in an irreparable state and have now been demolished by Suffolk County. Invasive species such as Phragmite are claiming all the open space and will require removal.

Violet Cove sits in Section 4 of the original 8 sections that made up Mastic Beach. The building and surrounding site was originally Captain Andy’s Fishing Station which opened in the 1940’s. It operated under this name for decades. Most recently the site housed the restaurant “Violet’s Cove” which shuttered in 2008.

Captain Andy’s fishing Station, ca 1940s, via Mastic History.

At this site, Mastic Beach Conservancy envisions a uniquely designed building that can be a draw for locals and visitors across Long Island — families, nature, and art lovers. The building can be designed to withstand sea level rise and function year-round to serve the community. It will be known across Long Island as a hub for ecologists and artists, and double as an event space for income generation.

Jones Beach Energy Center, designed by nArchitects. Photo by Michael Moran

Jones Beach Energy Center, designed by nArchitects. Photo by Michael Moran

The county is currently undergoing a process of considering ideas and concepts for the space along with nArchitects, the selected architects for the project. nArchitects designed the nearby Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center, pictured above.

If you are interested in supporting or collaborating with us on this vision, please contact us.

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