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Jul 7, 2015 10:44 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Residents Angry About East Hampton Village Beach Party

A fire is left burning from a beach party took place over the holiday weekend on a beach in East Hampton Village. FACEBOOK
Jul 7, 2015 5:12 PM

A beach party that took place on a small spot of sand in East Hampton Village on Friday has some local residents concerned, because when the Fourth of July weekend party ended at around 2 a.m., the participants apparently had vanished into thin air.

As the sun rose the following morning, dozens of empty folding chairs and tables remained, marking the spot of the celebration. Tiki torches were still burning, half-filled bottles of fine wine were strewn about, and a large tin ice bucket was nestled in the sand containing charred driftwood atop glowing embers. Garbage, including food containers and doused cigars, littered the area.

According to the East Hampton Village Police chief, the event was for members of the Maidstone Club, which sits just a few yards away from the spot where the gathering took place, and it was said that staffers of the exclusive club were dispatched to clean the mess by 6 that morning.

Police Chief Jerry Larsen said officers patrolled the beach at 10 p.m. the night of the party and returned at 7 a.m. to find it had been cleaned up. No summonses were issued.

“It was a quiet, small event of about 20 people,” Chief Larsen said. “I didn’t think that a summons was justified at that point, because it was already cleaned up.”

According to local activists, however, the trashing of local beaches has become problematic during the summer season, and revelers often leave behind more than just empty liquor bottles and half-eaten sub sandwiches for others to clean up. Pricey items that are clearly considered disposable signify that littering is not exclusive to the masses.

East Hampton nature photographer Dell Cullum said he came upon the scene of the abandoned beach party on the morning of July 4 when he went to the shore to take pictures of the holiday sunrise. He promptly snapped several photos and posted them to his Facebook page, something he has been doing to bring attention to the issue of litter on beaches and roadsides.

His post received dozens of responses, some from angry residents, others in defense of the village and the partygoers.

“The garbage went all the way down to the water. Seagulls were ripping it all apart. It was disturbing. It’s just crazy,” Mr. Cullum fumed on Monday, pausing momentarily to catch his breath. “It was disgusting. There were so many violations. To not have anything done is just continually sending a clear message to everybody that there is no punishment for doing this.”

According to East Hampton Village Administrator Becky Molinaro, gatherings of 50 or more people that take place on village property require a permit, and this particular gathering involved fewer than 50. She would not say whether any village laws had been broken. Kenneth Collum, an East Hampton Village code enforcement officer, did not return calls seeking comment.

Diane McNally, clerk of the East Hampton Town Trustees, called the actions of the partygoers “totally inappropriate” but said that the village would be responsible for issuing fines for any violations.

“There were a number of violations that occurred there,” said Trustee Deb Klughers, who is also chair of the town’s litter committee. “You’re never supposed to leave a fire unattended on the beach.”

Ms. Klughers said the rules don’t seem to apply to everyone and was annoyed that no summonses were issued in this case. “Why did these folks get a free ride when there were so many clear violations? It’s really bad,” she said. “Is it just an elite group of special people? What if the locals do it?”

Mr. Cullum agreed, saying that officials should make an example of those who can afford to pay the fines. “They’re going to pop some local for doing it,” he said. “That’s what sets me off into a frenzy. It’s a clear message to everybody that this is acceptable.”

Ms. McNally said she was alerted to the incident on Monday by a staffer at the Trustees office, and that use of the beach for gatherings and catered events has presented a problem for the town, village and Trustees. “It’s an issue that caught someone’s attention, but now you just need to address it and say, ‘How do we handle it going forward?’”

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don't hate these rich aholes

the rich need more help then us

they know change is soon
the revolution against materialism and corporations has begun.....

By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 7, 15 11:48 AM
the cops get paid to escort these rich dbags around to keep them in that little bubble away from the real world

does this infuriate anyone else?

my point is, why wouldn't these people think that people are not paid to come clean up the disgrace of a mess they left on mother earth??

i would think sanitation would come before emotional security (nobody wants to physically harm these people)
but i'm just a stoner born and raised in watermill, so don't listen to me, i'm ...more
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 7, 15 12:14 PM
oh yea, i am looking to become an illegal alien of a foriegn county, a beautiful place this
work for cash
pay no taxes
and live with about a dozen of my closest friends

any ideas?

i give up...
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 7, 15 12:19 PM
Holy Vineyard Vines! You mean the Village coddles the wealthy? I say DNA the doused cigars and ban the louts from the beach!
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Jul 7, 15 5:26 PM
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By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 7, 15 10:01 PM
These folks have Larsen in their pockets. Probably clients of the security business he runs on the side...It's all good. NOT.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jul 7, 15 7:06 PM
I'm so sure that they wouldn't mind if we trashed their stoop, and left a wreck for the pigeons to leave garbage strewn about in the sidewalk and the streets.
Jul 7, 15 10:11 PM appended by Mr. Z
Plenty of class, all low...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 7, 15 10:11 PM
f these citiots

ive been calling them out all summer
nobody has stood up to me

telling them they can't drive like that, that don't you see me and my kids ? why are you not moving out of the way??
everyday is a test to remain non violent
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 8, 15 10:18 AM
Jerry Larsen does Security for these rich people with the help of off-duty Easthampton police; I was shocked to find him parking my pickup truck for a party on Windmill, off Further Lane. How does he turn around and give a ticket to someone who is paying his salary?
By TerrySullivan (4), on Jul 10, 15 12:52 PM
We've had beach BBQ at the bay beach near our home and gone back in the morning day light to finishing the clean up and make sure we didn't leave things behind.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Jul 15, 15 5:34 PM
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