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Aug 8, 2012 11:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Complaints Rack Up Over Noise At Village Nightclubs

Aug 8, 2012 12:05 PM

Late on a summer Saturday night, while some Southampton Village residents are fast asleep, others may be found pacing to the beat of bass pulsing from a nightclub that sits in the residential area of town.

While loud music and chatter late at night in the summer is nothing new, residents are saying they’re becoming increasingly weary as it seems nothing is being done about it.

According to Mayor Mark Epley, the village’s hands are tied, since the nightclubs that generate the most complaints—Nammos Estiatorio, 75 Main, 230 Elm and the Southampton Social Club—all operate as preexisting, non-conforming uses under village code, which generally prohibits nightclubs. This means that all four were in operation before zoning was changed in 1973, and relief for those who are negatively affected by these establishments does not seem near at hand.

Linda Stabler-Talty, who lives on Post Crossing just a few doors down from Nammos at 136 Main Street, said her summer has been a noisy one. “Starting on Memorial Day weekend, the music was really bad,” she said. “The loudspeakers were booming with bass that fills the chest. Add to that the boisterous patrons partying, their car traffic, and the alarms that go off … it’s a real problem. People aren’t sleeping.”

Since Memorial Day weekend, a total of 14 noise complaints have come through the Village Police Department, 10 of which involved citations of Nammos. Last year, during the same period when Nello Summertimes occupied the building, seven complaints were called in, but only one ended in a court summons. The complaints that have not ended in a court summons are usually resolved with the compliance of the club manager or owner.

For their opening on Memorial Day weekend, Manager Emilio Eliades said Nammos paid thousands of dollars in fines for noise violations. “It was overwhelming, because our restaurant was overcrowded,” he said. “There were so many people and so many cars for that first weekend. The complaints were very fair.”

Bob Coffey, who lives farther down Post Crossing, said Nammos hasn’t really been an issue, especially after village officials met with Nammos’s managers after Memorial Day. “That weekend was very, very loud, but after meeting with [Police] Chief [Thomas] Cummings, they’ve been very responsive,” he said.

Mr. Eliades said Nammos has tried to take all the neighbors into consideration and comply with village code. “We installed soundproof doors, and there’s no bass in the club,” he said. “We have never had a complaint since then.”

“It used to be so loud it would wake you,” Ms. Stabler-Talty said. “Now, it’s background noise, though it is still louder than I would like. The reality is, people are coming out of a party situation, and the club where it sits is not in keeping with the character of what the village of all about.”

Ms. Stabler-Talty isn’t the only village resident complaining about the impact of neighboring nightclubs.

Peter Mariotti who lives three doors down from 230 Elm, the former Polish Hall, and the Southampton Social Club, said he is fed up with the noise and party culture stemming from the two establishments. “The clickity-clack of 7-inch heels is enough to wake you up,” he said while sitting on the porch next to his two dogs, Tyson and Sammy. “That so many people should suffer so one person can make money is so unfair.”

Mr. Mariotti, who is a part-time resident from Queens, said he’s filed a couple of noise complaint forms himself, and added that nightclubs shouldn’t be allowed so close to homes. “Those poor people are never going to be able to sell their houses,” he said about the Dobrowolski family, which owns two small houses directly across from 230 Elm and the Southampton Social Club.

Although the family did not answer phone calls or knocks on their door this week, the Dobrowolskis have been trying to sell their homes in order to get away from the racket, according to a Press interview last year with Barbara Dobrowolski. “They’re destroying our lives,” she said then.

Last September, a large brawl broke out during a party at 230 Elm, where police had to discharge pepper spray to tame and disburse the crowd after verbal commands to calm down were not followed. In addition, last summer, from Memorial Day weekend to August, nine noise complaints were called in to police, but none ended in a citation.

This year, two noise complaints were called in from neighbors to 230 Elm, but no citations were given. According to Village Police, a disturbance involving 80 to 100 people did take place in 230 Elm’s parking lot on June 3, but it was dispersed with no problem.

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Come on people!!!!!!
I understand the people can be a nuisance and they need to be delt with but are you kidding me. “The clickity-clack of 7-inch heels is enough to wake you up,” are you kidding me. Your being woke up by the sound of shoes???? I live right next door to one of these "Clubs" and the noise has not been an issue at all this year.
Not to mention at what point are we going to stop running every place that actually prospers out of our towns and villages.
By MACK (50), Southampton on Aug 10, 12 8:50 AM
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I agree with you completely, these places of buisness are prospering and the many times i have been around these places the noise doesnt seem to be an issue. Its just people feeling entitled. Besides if people dont have a place to go party the parties will just begin in houses that are rented for the weekend. Then the complaining will start about the par4king of cars and the complaints of noise.
By Unkown Local (18), southampton on Aug 10, 12 4:01 PM
You live next door to one of the clubs in Southampton Village? You should read your past posts because you said you live next to Rambos old sand pit for the last 30 years. By the way niteclubs add nothing to the village except drunk drivers, and a lowered quality of life. Maybe next week you will live next to the airport or sewage treatment plant. lol
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 12, 12 9:47 PM
Sorry I did not tell my life story. However in the last year I have moved. from my past residence to a new home.
By MACK (50), Southampton on Aug 14, 12 7:50 AM
I have lived here my whole life and have never heard of the old post club being a night club. I have never heard of the Southampton Social club formerly the Hanson House having outdoor speakers. I have never seen so much chaos around the Old Polish Hall. Since when was the Polish Hall ever a nightclub? The Polish Hall was a sleepy center for small private parties, member meetings, and a place to bowl. Now it is a place for city niteclubs to have 4 am parties. The village is doing little to rectify ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 10, 12 8:21 PM
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The PARTY continues!!!
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on Aug 11, 12 5:17 PM
Hansom House!! Ahh those were the daze!
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Aug 13, 12 6:44 AM
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You people complain about local busunesses trying to make money during the summer months. Has anyone noticed the cesspool we see everyday we turn at the light at 7-11? There are hundreds of illegals on the sidewalks and nothing is done about that. The village is going to redo the parking lot across from the elementary school and make it 2 hour parking. How do we promote business in the village that way ? Get your priorities straight and allow people to enjoy the village !!!
By HamptonLocal (1), southampton on Aug 14, 12 4:51 PM