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Jun 22, 2016 10:33 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Picnic Area Hearing Left Open To Allow Time To Review Environmental Study

Jun 22, 2016 11:01 AM

A fourth public hearing on limiting vehicles at the “Picnic Area” was left open again by the Southampton Village Board—this time to allow time to review an environmental impact statement.

The document was completed on June 16, which gave board members and the public little time to review it, and the Village Board agreed to keep the hearing open until the next meeting on July 14. Mayor Mark Epley told those in attendance on Tuesday that the environmental statement would be posted on the village website, southamptonvillage.org, sometime on Wednesday, June 22.

The move to cap at 175 the number of vehicles at the beach at the western end of Meadow Lane was prompted by a lawsuit filed by homeowners who say beach driving diminishes their own enjoyment of the beach.

The 2,000-foot-long Picnic Area is the only stretch of ocean beach in Southampton where people are permitted to drive and park between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in summer, as long as they have a village beach driving permit.

Mr. Epley had left open a previous hearing, on June 6, to allow time for the EIS to be completed by Nelson, Pope and Voorhis in Melville.

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Well-attended meeting. Great article presented by Susan Vharadian, " The People's Beach, NY Times, 2012. Good point brought up by David Raynor.
What happens to those people that attend church on Sunday morning's? If they can't get to the beach before the limit of vehicles is reached? Ann Welker representing the Surfriders' Foundation, with 250,000 members worldwide, opposes any action that would limit beach access. If the foundation decides to back the preservation efforts, it will do it with ...more
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 22, 16 2:08 PM
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What I took away from this meeting, was that the homeowners' legal counsel said, on behalf of her clients, that they don't want anyone or anything on "their" beach. No 4x4 vehicles at all. So if they don't want to compromise, I say remove the proposed amendment and let the lawsuit commence.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 22, 16 2:13 PM
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I agree with you 150%
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jun 22, 16 7:17 PM
The board also suggested WE put the pressure onto the Town Trustees to open more areas for 4x4 beach access . And that meeting at Town Hall will be held July 6 at I believe @1pm ( plz correct if I am wrong )
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jun 22, 16 7:21 PM
It may well be their beach, they pay taxes up to the mean high water mark correct? That might not be a popular point, but if it becomes a consideration in the lawsuit then the village will may have to lower their taxes to accommodate for the lesser acreage, which lets face it there are a couple of acres of sand in question taxed at the highest possible rate.

So why can't the village simply provide more parking for year round residents?

By AL (83), southampton on Jun 22, 16 10:09 PM
THANK U TO ANN and THE SURFRIDERS ASSOCIATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! AMAZING TO OFFER TO FUND THE LEGAL FEES FOR THE VILLAGE TO FIGHT THIS LAWSUIT !!! I will happily be sending in my membership dues and a donation ! I ask that if you care about this beach to make a donation to them or become member of this fabulous association!! :) :) :)

By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jun 23, 16 8:47 AM
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