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Jul 10, 2019 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Approves $3.3 Million CPF Purchase In North Sea

Jay Schneiderman sponsored a resolution to purchase three parcels of land amounting to 9.1 acres from Fish Cove Farms LLC in North Sea for $3.3 million. GREG WEHNER
Jul 10, 2019 10:59 AM

Southampton Town Board members approved the purchase of 9.1 acres along Fish Cove Road in North Sea for $3.3 million on Tuesday, with plans to preserve the land as open space.

The board agreed to purchase the three parcels using Community Preservation Fund revenues. The property owners, Fish Cove Farm LLC, had approached the town in February with an interest in selling.

Two of the parcels are located in the Great Hill area, one of the largest swaths of Pine Barrens forest east of the Shinnecock Canal, consisting of woods and hills looking out across Fish Cove. The Paumanok Path, a 125-mile hiking trail between Rocky Point and Montauk, also works its way through the property.

A third parcel along the water includes fragile wetlands. All three parcels are zoned 1-acre residential zoning.

Remnants of a foundation are on one of the parcels. According to Town CPF Manager Lisa Kombrink, one of the conditions of the sale is that the remnants will be removed, along with any ATV trails on the property.

Today, there are no structures on the property, but in the 1970s, William Irwin Thompson, an author and philosopher, used the land as his base for the Lindisfarne Association. The association, which focused on topics like planetary culture, the evolution of consciousness and nature, used the former summer camp location as a commune of sorts between 1973 and 1977. Dr. Thompson documented his time at the Fish Cove property on his website, www.williamirwinthompson.blog.

According to the blog, there were 22 cabins on the premises, where guests would stay during conferences. Among the guests were the astronomer Carl Sagan, and E.F. Schumacher, the author of “Small Is Beautiful.” Town Board member Julie Lofstad said she remembered going to Lindisfarne with her grandmother as a child.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman asked Ms. Kombrink to research Dr. Thompson and his organization, and their use of the property, but he and the three other board members present voted for the purchase. Christine Scalera was absent.

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Keep spending that money. What a joke this town board is. Drain the swamp this November
By watchoutnow968 (56), Southampton on Jul 11, 19 5:02 PM
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North Sea has 350 people per square mile while HB has over 1,000. The Board refused to purchase the Bel-Aire property for $1 million with CPF and now wants to put 100's of workforce housing in the middle of the Main Street disguised as "economic development" How is that not discriminatory? Put all the density in HB - the community in the Town of Southampton that can least afford it. How is that not "economic segregation"? Our government is stacked against HB. We need "real" representation - ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 19 9:40 AM
This is true.

We have seen SHTB use East Quogue, Hampton Bays and Riverside Flanders as their buffer to allow over dumping-over development. For their means and our ends.
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Jul 12, 19 9:01 PM
It's not like "de pecuniae" segregation is a new concept.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 13, 19 10:20 PM
Yes, but the SHTB should not be participating in economic segregation whether it is a new concept or not. They talk the walk, but don't walk the walk - they also try to sell their double talk like medicine men/women at a carnival show. The people of EQ, Flanders/Riverside and HB need to come out and vote this November.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 13, 19 10:32 PM
Tired of listening to HB people complain. They have been getting the lions share of funding for quite a while. North Sea gets next to nothing. Considering North Sea is the second largest voting district behind HB, we should get more $$
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Jul 13, 19 1:47 PM
So maybe the folks in North Sea should raise their own voices instead of complaining about others who do the same.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jul 13, 19 4:39 PM
Well done , thanks for the preserve land!!!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 13, 19 5:18 PM
North Sea Citizen, first of all this is not against North Sea getting their "fair share" - it is about HB getting the short stick. Tax monies should NOT be distributed based on VOTES - you are insinuating that tax monies should be distributed as political payback (which appears to be the case). Monies should be distributed based on NEED. HB has a much higher per capital per square mile than north sea and needs the open space and relieve from density. The SHTB refused to purchase the Bel-Aire ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 13, 19 10:04 PM
should be relief not relieve...working with one eye here..
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 13, 19 10:06 PM