Mastic Beach, New York
|Motto: Long Island's Best Kept Secret|
|• Mayor||Bill Biondi|
|• Total||5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)|
|• Land||4.2 sq mi (11.0 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Population (2010)Mastic Beach CDP, Apr. 1, 2010|
|• Density||2,400/sq mi (940/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0970340|
Mastic Beach is a village in the southeast part of the town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 12,930 at the 2010 census, at which time it was an unincorporated census-designated place. The village is located in the general vicinity of the hamlet of Mastic Beach.
Mastic Beach is located on the South Shore of Long Island 70 miles (110 km) from New York City, and accessible via the Long Island Rail Road. Nearby are Smith Point County Park and the Fire Island National Seashore.
Mastic Beach is on a peninsula extending into Moriches Bay. Created in 1928, there are marinas, private docks, and several historic sites. There is sailing, swimming, fishing, birding, hiking, camping and shopping.
Mastic Beach is served by the William Floyd School District.
The hamlet of Mastic Beach was originally formed in 1928 by the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association (MBPOA), a private membership civic organization. Over the years, the association has worked to make numerous improvements in Mastic Beach.
The mission of the MBPOA is to bring about a more neighborly feeling among its members, keep up the waterfront, and further the progress in obtaining a watchman, post office, electric current, better roads, garbage collection, and beaches. The objectives of the organization were "primarily the promulgation of acquaintance, good will, and protection of its interests and the interests of its members for the betterment of the property as a whole, with the view to inspiring individual improvement of various holdings." The MBPOA makes sure that property owners have a voice in their community when dealing with local government. Any property owner in Mastic Beach can join the MBPOA as long as it their intention is to create goodwill in Mastic Beach.
In 2010, a group of residents sought to incorporate Mastic Beach as a village. Petitioners blamed the town of Brookhaven for not doing enough code enforcement on blighted streets and eyesore buildings, believing more diligent code enforcement under village control would improve the community aesthetics. Opponents were concerned that creating the village would increase taxes, and that estimates for the proposed village's total budget were low. At $549,500 annually, the village would take up building code enforcement, leaving police, fire, and sanitation to Brookhaven. This concern was proving true as the budget is now reaching $5 million and the village has to do all highway, trash removal and road repair.
After a vote on August 31, 2010, incorporation was approved. The proposed incorporation needed to be passed by a majority in order for the hamlet to become a village. The first elected mayor was Paul Breschard.
The boundaries of the village of Mastic Beach differ from those of the previous census-designated place (CDP). The village does not include the William Floyd House grounds as well as a few blocks in the extreme southwest of the CDP, but it adds several blocks west of Mastic Road and Commack Road.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2) was land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 20.34%, was water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,543 people, 3,755 households, and 2,793 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,727.9 per square mile (1,053.6/km²). There were 4,375 housing units at an average density of 1,033.9/sq mi (399.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.16% White, 5.02% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.64% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.59% of the population.
There were 3,755 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.49.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $44,937, and the median income for a family was $49,219. Males had a median income of $37,871 versus $27,853 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,046. About 9.2% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Mastic Beach CDP, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
- "About the MBPOA". Mastic Beach Property Owners Association. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
- Berger, Joseph (March 28, 2010). "A Hamlet’s Eyesores Prompt a Revolt". The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- "Mastic Beach Village Exploratory Committee". Mastic Beach Village Exploratory Committee. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- Village of Mastic Beach official website
- Mastic Beach Property Owners Association
- Tri Hamlet News, online news for Mastics • Shirley • Moriches