Dinosaur figures are moving back into the former Dinosaur Walk Museum on East Main Street. Figures like this one were being off-loaded from a truck into the store this afternoon.
The figures are reportedly part of a new attraction unrelated to the old Dinosaur Walk Museum, but the people behind the new venture are keeping a tight lid on what's going on. One man who said he was in charge of the site declined comment, saying the the operators of the exhibit have a contract with a large corporation that precludes any interviews with media.
The Riverhead building department has no permit applications on file for the site, according to employees there, who said they knew nothing about it.
Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said all he knows is it's an attraction and it involves dinosaurs. He said he didn't know when it might be opening. "I hope it's soon," Walter said.
The building, the former longtime home of McCabe's Stationery, has been vacant since the Dinosaur Walk Museum folded in 2007, four years after it opened. It was one of several museums opened in different states by sculptor Fred Hoppe. The site was occupied last year as Riverhead Town Republican headquarters.
Passersby gathered on the sidewalk and drivers stopped their cars to gawk. Police were called to the scene to direct traffic around the tractor-trailer delivering the Mesozaic monster replicas.
RiverheadLOCAL photo by Peter Blasl