In 2019, after years of neglect and little dialogue with community members, the owner of the marina property located at the former American Venice Administration Plaza/Laguna San Marco sold it to Angelo Costanza of Blue Marlins Boats. With support from the American Venice Civic Association, Mary Cascone (Babylon Town Historian), and Preservation Long Island, Mr. Costanza is exploring potential options, such as an easement, to preserve the property’s iconic winged-lion columns. We are delighted to be part of the conversation with the property’s new owner to preserve a special piece of history on the Great South Bay!

Read more at Newsday HERE.

One of American Venice’s two iconic winged-lion columns. Photo by Barry Sloan for Newsday.

Visit our Endangered Historic Places page HERE for more information.

Want to learn more about the history of American Venice? See “Gondolas in Copiague: Victor Pisani, Isaac Meister, and the Creation of American Venice, 1925–1929” by Mary Cascone, in the 2015 Preservation Long Island publication, Gardens of Eden: Long island’s Early Twentieth-Century Planned Communitiespages 228–239.