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Oct 10, 2014 2:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Riverside Carnival Goes On Despite CPF Regulations

Oct 14, 2014 1:43 PM

Riverhead Carnival organizers were allowed to pitch their tents last weekend near the Riverside traffic circle, between Peconic Avenue and Center Drive, on land that is not supposed to host such events, according to the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund regulations.

The permit approved for this past Sunday, October 12, by Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Bean should never have been issued because the property in question was purchased using CPF money, according to regulations of the preservation fund that prohibit protected properties from being used for fairs and carnivals.

If the deal is approved by Southampton Town taxpayers in November, the property will be given to Suffolk County in exchange for another lot overlooking the same intersection; the swap is needed to allow for the planned widening of the traffic circle.

“It was an oversight,” Mr. Bean said on Friday, explaining that Southampton Town has allowed Riverhead Town to utilize the property in the past for the carnival. “It was something that we hadn’t realized for a couple years.”

Mr. Bean added that he was notified about the issue last week, when some local residents saw carnival crew members setting up rides and equipment on the property. “At that point, I already issued the permit,” he said. “I wasn’t about to tell them to pack up and leave.”

The permit in question was secured by Riverhead Town, which held its annual country fair on the land. The property has hosted the fair for the last few years.

Mary Wilson, the manager of Southampton Town’s CPF, did not return calls seeking comment this week.

Some local residents are unhappy with the latest approval, saying they were concerned that Sunday’s carnival would draw unwanted attention to the otherwise vacant space.

“If anything’s going to put a knife in the vote, it’s this,” Rich Naso, president of the Flanders Citizens Advisory Committee, said on Friday, referring to next month’s land-swap vote.

In 2016, Suffolk County intends to allocate $4 million to finance the widening of the traffic circle, as well as $2 million in future sewer funding that will go toward the Riverside revitalization effort. The pending roadwork, which will transform the circle into an oval-shaped, two-lane roundabout, cannot go through until the county completes a land swap with Southampton Town. The plan also calls for the installation of sidewalks and crosswalks.

But for that work to move forward, Southampton Town taxpayers must approve swapping their land, which measures about one sixth of an acre, for a third of an acre property that’s now owned by the county and located further to the west, along the Peconic River.

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Bean tells a "Lie" that property was never used for a
Carnival in the past. He knows its Preserved land and if he doesnt maybe someone should educate the Town Officials as to own CPF rules, As to his comment he didn't want to take it down, why not?? when you find out its illegal you retract it right away "BEFORE" the Fair begins. So they ask us to preserve land and turn around and grant a permit,,,,its about the cash, thats it, Mary Wilson knew this in time to do something. Complicit and she ...more
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on Oct 10, 14 3:34 PM
I have been to the fair every year, and the property has never been used and always fenced . This is a commercial for profit company using the property for free. This guy is either a liar or clueless. They can revoke the permit if it was made in error. It wasnt an error it is yet another favor by a paid do nothing town employee.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 10, 14 5:00 PM
Who cares. It's not hurting anyone. It's open space used for a few days. It's not like they're dumping toxins.
By khan (36), hampton bays on Oct 11, 14 10:38 AM
While it is an improper use of the property, per CPF rules. It is not a world ending event, nor will it damage the enviorment in the least for 3 days.

The crime is Mr. Bean outright lying about it being used in the past. Does he think we are idiots?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 11, 14 11:34 AM
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And how much does the taxpayers pay mr. Bean?
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Oct 11, 14 12:14 PM
"Who Cares" as one commented...we do, the taxpayers of Southampton, We supported and voted
for these very rights to preserve precious land. We deserve that "All" the rules be carried out,
Executed and managed by the stewards of CPF. If Mary Wilson is asleep at the wheel she should
resign and move on. Chris Bean states he was told a week ago, thats sounds strange and then he takes
it upon himself to make the decision not to retract the permit? That’s BS....
Those who say, ...more
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on Oct 11, 14 1:42 PM
Im a taxpayer and I don't give a crap. You are out of your mind its a carnival not a toxic waste dump. You and that idiot naso need to get a life
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Oct 12, 14 7:17 AM
You'll care when an injury happens on the property and the town is sued and you the taxpayer has to pick up that tab. You'll care when your family gets into an accident because the people slam on their brakes to find parking at a traffic circle... You'll care when you're effected. Taxpayers like myself are pissed because what's fair is fair. We have to abide by rules and regulations well so should large entities and municipalities!
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Oct 12, 14 8:45 AM
Im with Sig and Blank. Its not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but this guy Bean is lying. How about busy body councilman Brad Bender did he miss this too? Selective enforcement at its best.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 12, 14 11:32 AM
To marlinspike, otherwise we'll end up with 30 people to a house.
By khan (36), hampton bays on Oct 12, 14 11:05 PM