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Jul 14, 2015 4:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Trustees May Change Crabbing License Regulations

Jul 15, 2015 9:56 AM

The Southampton Town Trustees intend to tighten up regulations for crabbing and shellfishing licenses.

At the request of Southampton Town Bay Constable Al Tuzzolo, the Trustees agreed to look at the permitting process for non-residents. Mr. Tuzzolo told them there have been problems enforcing crabbing laws, because there is no way to make sure people who are who they say they are based on their licenses.

Currently, the code allows someone who is not a town taxpayer to apply for a temporary non-resident crabbing license if they can provide a lease proving they are renting in the town, proof of a temporary stay in a motel, or a notarized letter from a landlord saying they are staying on the landlord’s property. However, representatives from Mr. Tuzzolo’s office explained that there have been instances where people have provided these documents even though they were not living or staying in the town.

The current code also is intended to limit the number of people using a permit. While people with a resident permit are allowed to bring a guest, non-resident permits are intended only for the use of the holder. Mr. Tuzzolo’s office told the Trustees that some people do not understand that.

To fix the problem, the Trustees are considering issuing a new style of permits that would have the applicant’s picture on the back. The town would also require all crabbers to hold both the permit and another valid form of identification to make it easier for constables to make sure the permits are being used correctly.

The Trustees said this week that they will review the current code and take action in the next few months.

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Unfortunately for many many years there has also been a major problem of all the crabbing, fishing etc being done before 6am and after 4 pm as the persons doing all the illegal things know that the constables are not on duty at those hours. This town needs to have constables who are not local to monitor activities during those hours. Maybe Horowitz can come up with a plan.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jul 14, 15 7:27 PM
what does having "not local" constables as opposed to "local" constables have anything to do with enforcing the "local" laws?
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Jul 14, 15 10:57 PM
I'm sure you can figure that out. And yes, I read the article.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jul 16, 15 12:05 PM
@ Resident Tax~ Please read this Press article from last year (which you obviously missed) and then reconsider your comment ;)

"Constables: Poachers Are Scooping Crabs From Mecox Bay"
Aug 20, 2014 11:05 AM

By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Jul 14, 15 11:04 PM
Perfect timing trustees by the time you are done talking about it the season will be over and the crabbies will be gone. Less talk (horowitz) and more action. This isnt rocket science- make a decision and act on it why should it take months?

And why aren't constables scheduled to work at night, they do in east hampton I've seen them on the beach all night.? Is there a reason for this?
By PoliticallyIncorrect (45), earth on Jul 15, 15 9:39 AM