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Aug 2, 2016 2:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board To Discuss Proposed Tuckahoe Road Rerouting Idea At Next Work Session

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
Aug 2, 2016 3:27 PM

The Southampton Town Board will hear a presentation from the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club about a plan to block off and reroute a portion of Tuckahoe Road in Shinnecock Hills.

At the town work session on Thursday, August 4, at 10 a.m. in Southampton Town Hall, members of the public also can voice opinions after a scheduled presentation and discussion of the proposed rerouting, which is being pitched by the board of the golf club.

The proposal involves rerouting the approximately quarter-mile stretch of Tuckahoe Road so that it connects to St. Andrews Road, extending it farther west to the light at Tuckahoe Road and County Road 39, specifically for people who want to make left turns onto St. Andrews from County Road 39 and vice versa.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club representatives are expected to reveal details about the proposal that would include potential benefits for the community other than simply moving the road.

The club was selected by the United States Golf Association to host the U.S. Open in June 2018, and also has agreed to host it again in 2026.

Club officials say the current setup, with Tuckahoe Road bisecting the course, endangers golfers. The club has said it would pay for all the road work, both removing the existing pavement and installing a new road along the edge of the course, which is estimated to cost approximately $5 million.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has previously noted that a potential loss of notable landscape—the stretch of road that would be closed to the public runs through the 259-acre private club north of County Road 39—is troubling to many residents.

At a July work session, he added that he would be willing to entertain such a proposal from the country club only if it includes “significant community benefits,” including those that could help the financially challenged Tuckahoe School District and other road improvement projects in the municipality.

Both proponents and critics of the proposal are encouraged to attend the August 4 meeting, Mr. Schneiderman said.

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Preserve our access and our vistas.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Aug 2, 16 3:30 PM
Bad precedent--turning public roads over to private entities.

Next--homeowners near the water will want to abandon the roads people use to access the bays and creeks. They'll argue it's for "ecological reasons"--to avoid road runoff into the wetlands.

Once you do it for one party--the floodgates will open: you watch!
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Aug 3, 16 6:13 AM
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Crosswalks...with lights that can be activated by either a motion sensor or a button the pedestrian, or golfer, can push. Manned by our youths for needed summer jobs @$10 an hour. Much less expensive than re-routing @ $5M.
So many other options than what's being proposed...for their benefit.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Aug 3, 16 1:33 PM
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One year there was a bridge over the highway I think
By AL (83), southampton on Aug 3, 16 10:30 PM
Sounds like a bunch of elitists... The tunnel is the best idea, but with a bridge the would have great views. How would the elitists and trucks enter the club?
What happened to the debris piles along Schrubland road. Was there a permit or just the rubber stamp. Now with Sandland closed, too expensive? Just dump it along the road, where are our officials [maybe free golf/lunch]?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 4, 16 9:54 AM
There is alot of money behind this move. Unless people stand up it will happen - there is already a plan.

There is precedent here - the road pre dates the golf course
This is predatory consumption of your Town
There is a risk of further road appropraition if this goes through
This is a community vista to preserve it there needs to be support
The Golf course pays AG TAXES so it does not contribute to the community like other businesses
Re routing traffic will impact ...more
By lo-cal (78), southampton on Aug 4, 16 1:23 PM
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"HANG THE MAN AND FLOG THE WOMAN
THAT STEALS THE GOOSE FROM OFF THE COMMONS,
BUT LET THE GREATER VILLAIN LOOSE
THAT STEALS THE COMMONS FROM THE GOOSE.

THE LAW DEMANDS THAT WE ATONE
WHEN WE TAKE THE THINGS WE DO NOT OWN,
BUT LEAVES THE LORDS AND LADIES FINE
THAT TAKE THE THINGS THAT ARE YOURS AND MINE".

from a 1600's english nursey rhyme. you would think that we might be used to it by now, but we are not.
By sstorch (49), water milll on Aug 7, 16 9:18 AM
DON'T DO IT!
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Aug 8, 16 2:52 PM