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May 13, 2009 3:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New rest rooms, renovations at Big Duck Ranch

May 13, 2009 3:40 PM

The Big Duck Ranch is receiving what its supporters describe as a much-needed preening this month, after Southampton Town broke ground on the 35-acre property 
Monday to install a new parking lot 
and cesspool near the Flanders landmark.

Chris Sheldon, the president of the Friends of the Big Duck, a local group that oversees the landmark, said new landscaping, a water main, electricity and eight parking spaces should all be installed on the town-owned property before Memorial Day. The work is being performed by Cardo Site Development of Quogue.

The new water main and cesspool will lead to a one-story stucco building on the site that will eventually be used as a public restroom for tourists and town residents. That building will not open until a much later date.

The more immediate change will be the renovated parking lot, which is now just a patch of dirt and rocks that surround the Big Duck.

“This is a big step forward,” said Janice Artandi, a member of the Friends of the Big Duck. “It’s going to look like a historic site, which is what it is.”

Southampton Town engineer George Mootoo said the $63,000 project, which is financed through the town’s capital budget, could be completed as early as next week.

Mr. Sheldon explained that his organization would eventually like to see the northern end of the property cleared so those driving by the landmark have a clear view of Flanders Bay.

“Everything takes time,” he said. “It’s like a waddle.”

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Isn't the north end wetlands? How about a nice little nature trail instead.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on May 13, 09 8:59 AM
INS , actually when the duck farms were operating in the 60's and 70's Moriches Bay was loaded with hard clams. Since most of the duck farms closed up , there's not nearly as many clams anymore. The clams thrived on the duck waste which was rich in nutrients.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 13, 09 5:04 PM
Hi INS ! I'm also a clammer. I also went with my Father out on Moriches Bay while he clammed before entering Kindergarten !
I got my theory from George L. , a clammer/bouncer from Eastport who has since moved to North Carolina. Know him ?
Also , one of the Tollefsons wanted to try an experiment that would boost nitrogen levels in Scallop Pond to see if shellfish would set better there , his theory being that the Peconic Bay is too clean and has no nutrients for shellfish to eat. I think ...more
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 13, 09 8:05 PM
INS, The Duck property had a vista at one time that was wonderful and enjoyed by all to see.This is what Mr.Sheldon is suggesting, as to restoring what was.I can only hope that the initial planning that the community worked on for years is not forgotten by the FRIENDS or the TOWN.
By Shout ot loud (20), Southampton on May 18, 09 8:18 AM