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Aug 18, 2016 8:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Illegal Nightclub Busted In East Hampton Home's Basement

The house at 7 Muir Boulevard that was being used as a nightclub. KYRIL BROMLEY
Aug 23, 2016 3:15 PM

East Hampton Town code enforcement officers last week busted what they say was an illegal nightclub being run out of the basement of a Muir Boulevard house.

After receiving complaints from neighborhood residents last weekend, authorities discovered a party in the finished basement of the house at 7 Muir Boulevard with a live band and more than 200 attendees who officials say were being charged a $30 entry fee and $5 for drinks from the subterranean venue’s bar.

Property owner, Luis H. Farez, was issued three code violations for unsafe overcrowding and holding an event for more than 50 people without a mass gathering permit, but East Hampton Town Police are still investigating the event and could bring more charges.

“This was not a private party. This was open to the general public,” Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said last week.

Mr. Sendlenski said that the town believes the basement was being used frequently as a nightclub and was being offered commercially for special events for at least the last several months.

The Facebook page for the Water Mill Deli, which Southampton Town documents indicate is also owned by Mr. Farez, contained several videos that appear to have been taken in the basement of the house. Some were taken during parties earlier this summer but one taken in early spring offers a tour of the empty space, showing the dance floor, tables and seating around the large room’s perimeter, disco lights and a bar. A related post on the page says that the space is “now ready” for parties and special events. The basement space is referred to on the site as El Tunel Salon de Entertenimiento.

The August 13 party was billed as a celebration of Ecuador’s independence day anniversary, which is August 10.

On Friday, August 19, town attorneys received an injunction from a State Supreme Court judge, barring Mr. Farez from hosting any more events in the basement while his code violations and any other charges are adjudicated.

Mr. Farez is due to appear in Town Justice Court on September 12.

The property had been the focus of numerous complaints in the past but the illegal basement arrangement had not been previously discovered. The house’s owners, which have alternately been listed in town documents as Luis H. Farez, Humberto Farez and Maria Uruchima, have been issued housing code violations on five different occasions dating back to 2006. One of the violations resulted in an $8,000 fine.

According to East Hampton Town records, the house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and totals 3,128 square feet, though that number does not include the basement space. It sits on slightly more than a quarter of an acre.

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Did that in High School...
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Aug 18, 16 9:58 PM
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Any celebrity appearances?
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Aug 19, 16 8:49 AM
Why do I always miss the good stuff?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Aug 19, 16 9:22 AM
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welcome Nassau County
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Aug 19, 16 11:55 AM
State liquor authority advised? Big fine... Great job.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 19, 16 2:01 PM
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Just having fun,dancing the nightp away.Meeting friends from the old country,,,,was that Donald T without his wig in the video.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Aug 19, 16 3:28 PM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 19, 16 5:40 PM
5 dollar drinks, not bad for the Hamptons
By 1942sparky (18), Bridgehampton on Aug 19, 16 6:33 PM
Not funny if you are old enough to remember the fire that killed almost 90 people at the illegal nightclub called Happy Land in the Bronx in the early 90's.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Aug 20, 16 8:27 AM
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By Jay_Z (11), southampton on Aug 20, 16 2:40 PM
Gross. Typical.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Aug 22, 16 7:20 PM
We have thought of doing that for yrs. theyll be back.
By Woods woman (145), East hampton on Aug 23, 16 9:30 PM