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Oct 23, 2013 10:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Dog Park Proposed In Southampton Village

Oct 23, 2013 10:56 AM

A local woman has collected more than 600 signatures supporting the creation of a dog park in Southampton Village, a proposal she says would be a great benefit to the entire East End community.

Zoe Kamitses said the park could be located on a village-owned parcel next to the children’s playground at Agawam Park. The parcel, she said, would be an ideal spot for a dog park, given its central location in the village, and would take some of the dogs off municipal beaches during the summer, letting them run loose and off leashes in a safe, enclosed area.

The park, which would cost roughly $10,000 to create, would require minimal maintenance once installed, Ms. Kamitses said, and would be monitored by a select group. She added that basic dog park rules—including requiring that all dogs be vaccinated, that they be at least 4 months old, and that there are no more than three dogs per person—would be enforced to keep both dogs and their owners safe.

“This is something that is needed not only for those who live in Southampton Village but for everyone who comes to the village,” Ms. Kamitses said. “It can be a very charming, attractive addition to the village.”

At a Village Board work session on Tuesday night, Ms. Kamitses said there are only two other dog parks on the East End—one in Westhampton Beach and one in Springs—and that the dog park would be an ideal place for residents and visitors to take their dogs for exercise and socialization.

Fencing would have to be installed along two sides of the property to fully enclose the park. The grounds would require basic maintenance, and signs would have to be posted.

After her presentation, village trustees raised questions about the proposal and requested more information. The trustees plan to visit the site with Ms. Kamitses to learn more.

One concern was whether the village would be liable if there was an accident. Trustee Nancy McGann noted the village might be vulnerable to a lawsuit not only if a person were hurt but also if a prize-winning show dog were.

Hearing Extended

Also on Tuesday night, the village trustees extended a public hearing about the possible rezoning of the Village Latch Inn property.

Earlier this month, the owners of the 67-room inn on Hill Street asked to have the 5.2-acre property rezoned by Southampton Village officials to conform to its current use and entice potential buyers. It is currently zoned residential, and the owners, Martin and Martha White, are seeking to relabel the property for motel use.

At the hearing on Tuesday, residents again questioned the potential effect that new zoning would have on density, asking if the new owners would be able to tear down the current building and put up a much larger hotel and restaurant instead. Village Attorney Richard DePetris told residents that the current application deals only with the zoning issue, and that there are regulations in place to protect the property, and surrounding areas, in the future.

“In order for the owner, or the future owner, to do something, they would still have to go before the Zoning Board, they would still have to go before the Planning Board for a site plan,” he said. “[The current owners] have presented a concept plan for what might potentially be able to be done, but that plan is not one that is actually before us at this time.”

Village trustees urged anyone interested in learning more about plans for the property to contact the owners of the inn and request a tour.

“We are trying to take the historical use of a historical property and extend that use,” said Village Mayor Mark Epley, who has supported the idea that the site might be used for a luxury destination hotel. “But we are going to keep the hearing open for quite a while.”

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While the idea of a dog park in the village is a good one - the proposed location may not be the best. The proximity to Lake Agawam would likely result in high levels of nitrogen from pet waste (both solid and liquid forms) entering into the Lake and resulting in increased algal blooms and depleted oxygen levels which would have an impact on existing wildlife utilizing the Lake (including many species of over-wintering waterfowl).

A requirement for owners to pick up after their dogs ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 13 11:25 AM
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Nature,
In that case, we should be slaughtering the geese by the thousands..
The amount of pet waste, during open hours, left behind by owners, would be miniscule compared to that of the geese...
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Oct 23, 13 12:23 PM
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I agree with you - or at the very least institute wide-spread egg oiling to prevent the geese from reproducing. Geese are the biggest problem - but do you think adding pet waste is going to HELP? Two wrong's don't make a right.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 13 12:25 PM
Well, I don't think it would do much harm, relatively speaking. Personally, I feel since this place has been coined as "The Land Of NO!", I think a bunch of canines smelling butts in a dog park might actually lighten up things a bit.... Let alone, 600 signatures should be suffice..
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Oct 23, 13 4:53 PM
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I love Red Creek Park.
By Toto (25), southampton on Oct 23, 13 11:58 AM
Wide spread egg oiling to prevent geese from reproducing? How does that work? Do you also advise putting diapers on the geese to prevent the nitrogen leaking to the Lake?
And just who lis going to spread the oiling on the eggs? YOU?
And just how is oiling the outside of the shell going to prevent any little bird from escaping the womb/shell?
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 23, 13 1:04 PM
Summertime - egg oiling is a proven method of reducing the repdouction of Canada Geese and is not only approved by US Fish and Wildlife Service and the NYSDEC, it's encouraged. Municipalities are often the ones tasked with oiling the eggs (within a certain time frame of being laid), although anyone can sign up to do it. The oil on the eggs prevents oxygen from being exchanged and therefore the embryo does not develop. The Geese are unaware of this and continue to care for the eggs until it's ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 13 1:13 PM
A lot of cases that enter Judge Judy's court are about dogs biting or doing harm to other dogs.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Oct 23, 13 6:11 PM
Well the veteran's were not too pleased with planting cherry blossoms so I wonder how they feel about a dog run.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 24, 13 12:44 AM
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Who is going to be there to monitor whether or not a dog is vaccinated? A paid employee? I agree with icecreamman...this is not NYC...plenty of places to walk your dogs, you don't need to be in the immediate village to let them run.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Oct 24, 13 7:04 AM
Bad idea. Barking, fights and dog poop. None of these things belong next to a children's playground.
By hamptonsnrcit (47), sag harbor on Oct 24, 13 10:07 AM
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I agree, I think the location is totally wrong.
By Miss K. (103), East Quogue on Oct 24, 13 11:38 AM
Just to clarify to the people who don't understand why this is SUCH a necessary part of a community. There are those of us, who are here all year long, possibly quite isolated, possibly without a family around, possibly retired, etc, who's dogs are pretty much a real motivater, to get out and "connect" with other people. For a lot of dog owners, the dogpark is a social "watering hole," so to speak. A place really, as much for humans. I for one, have a breed I do not let off the lease, unless there ...more
By Cyell (2), Southampton on May 18, 14 12:50 PM
I've just seen that a dogpark "was" eventually promised" at a new location. Can anyone possibly bring me up to date on what's happening with thiat?
Thanks!
By Cyell (2), Southampton on May 18, 14 12:56 PM