Meet Marvin Weiss, Vice Chair of the Central Long Island Chapter in New York!
Q: Why and when did you get involved with the Surfrider Foundation?
Surfrider was an easy fit for me since I have been concerned all my life about our ocean and beaches. I first joined about 12 years ago and have been Vice Chair of the Central Long Island Chapter for six years.
Q: What are some local issues that are affecting your ocean, waves and beaches?
Outdated sewer treatment plants and people who think it is ok to throw items into the storm drains.
Q: What Surfrider projects have you worked on?
The fight against the liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal off our coast; canal clean ups; plastic bag ban; the first version of the Army Corps beach erosion plan; memorial paddle outs and Hands Across the Sand.
Q: What has been the highlight of your Surfrider experience (i.e., campaign, program, victory)?
Defeating the building of the LNG terminal twice, which the governors of New York and New Jersey both signed off on. Additional highlights include being invited to Army Corps meetings in regards to mitigation projects and also having a seat on wind farm projects.
Q: What is the most important thing you tell others about Surfrider?
Surfrider is a Foundation that wants to protect our ocean and beaches.
Q: Why are you a Surfrider coastal defender (or why is being a Surfrider coastal defender important to you)?
I believe in defending and taking care of our most valuable resource every day. I have surfed for over 50 years and lifeguarded the beach for 45 years.
Q: Anything else?
Always leave with more than you came with when going to any natural setting!