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Feb 10, 2009 6:24 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town will charge residents for beach permits

Feb 10, 2009 6:24 PM

The days of free beach parking for town residents are over. The East Hampton Town Board on Friday adopted a parking permit fee of $25 for residents.

The new fee was expected because the 2009 budget, which the board adopted in November, included projected revenues of $250,000 from the sale of resident beach sticker sales.

Residents will be able to buy up to two additional permits for $15 apiece. Senior citizens will pay $15 for the first permit and $10 for each additional one. The fee for non-residents remains the same at $325. A new permit will be required every year; in the past, residents’ permits were not only free but they were good as long as they remained legible.

Councilwomen Julia Prince and Pat Mansir were not at Friday’s meeting when the board voted. The two had voted against adopting the town budget in November, in part, they said, because they opposed the new fee.

Councilman Brad Loewen voiced his reluctance before joining Supervisor Bill McGintee and Councilman Pete Hammerle in voting for the measure on February 6.

“I will vote yes but I’m not happy with it,” he said. “I hope that we don’t have to do this again next year.” A code amendment the Town Board adopted after a public hearing last month allows the board to reset the cost of the permit without having to hold a hearing.

Bids from printing companies to produce the 10,000 new stickers that the town expects to sell are due in Town Hall on Thursday, February 12, according to Deputy Town Clerk Carole Brennan. The permits will not be ready for sale until the end of February or early March, she said. The clerk’s office may hire a few part-timers to deal with the high volume of people expected to buy the stickers. “If we need to open the office for extra hours, we will,” Ms. Brennan said.

As has always been the case, the town clerk’s office will be open on Saturdays from March until July.

Town beaches include Townline Beach and Wainscott Beach in Wainscott; Indian Wells, Atlantic Beach and Napeague Beach in Amagansett; and Ditch Plains Beach, Kirk Park Beach and all other ocean beaches in Montauk. Atlantic and Kirk Park beaches are the only town beaches where daily parking permits, which cost $10 for weekdays only, are available.

Village permits go fast

In the village, parking permits for residents are still free. Permits for non-residents cost $300.

And as bleak as the economic outlook may be, it seems people are still willing to shell out the money for their days in the sun and surf. Summer-resident beachgoers had already bought 630 village permits by last Thursday, February 5, after going on sale on Monday. February 2. That’s 21 percent of the available 2,900 permits sold in four days.

“It’s a good beginning,” Village Administrator Larry Cantwell said.

Village beaches are Georgica Beach, Main Beach, Wiborg Beach, Egypt Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach. A village permit is required from May 15 through September 15. Main and Two Mile Hollow beaches are the only village beaches where single day parking is available at $20 a day, on weekdays only.

Carolyn Kormann

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Does this mean that for the first time in the history of East Hampton Town, town residents must now pay to park at beaches that have been owned by town residents since the Dongan Patent?
This town board's fiscal ineptitude, arrogance, and lack of accountability to its constituents is beyond astounding. It's now historic.
If they had any shame or conscience at all, they would all resign.

By easthamptoner (34), easy hampton on Feb 10, 09 5:34 PM
Oh please, don't get your knickers in a twist. Southampton Town has been charging residents for years. East Hampton is just late to the game.
By HEJIRANYC (32), Sag Harbor on Feb 12, 09 1:26 PM
charge em double to park at the beach no problem my bike works good i'll drop off the family at the beach drive back and park in the back parking lot in amagansett then ride the bike back thanks bill i needed the exercise,oh i hope your not getting any ideas about charging to park bikes at the beach next.
By pinga (90), hamptonbays on Feb 12, 09 7:26 PM
don't really care what the "game"is in southhampton.whats next ,a permit to pakk in our own driveways??how about a $100.00 fine for leaving your christmas decorations up til valentines day?? ! !
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Feb 16, 09 3:13 PM
oops,typo! it's park in our own driveways.i'm not from boston!
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Feb 17, 09 8:37 AM