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Oct 26, 2016 10:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Mayor Wants Walkers Only On 'Lettered' Roads

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley told Village Board members on Tuesday that he has no intention of opening the lettered roads to parking or driving, and only wants to keep them open for foot traffic. GREG WEHNER
Oct 26, 2016 10:43 AM

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said he has no intention of opening the overgrown lettered roads along Meadow Lane to cars—he wants them to be open only to foot traffic so that people can walk to the beach.

“I’m not in favor of adding parking,” Mr. Epley told Village Board members at a meeting on Tuesday.

However, if the roads leading to oceanfront beaches in the village are opened to foot traffic, the public will have a tough time getting to the beach—as there is no legal public parking along Meadow Lane.

Mr. Epley told board members he is concerned that opening the roads to vehicles could breach the integrity of the dune system. “We have a responsibility of preventing breaches there,” he said.

Currently, village maintenance crews are clearing the roads to meet the requirements of a deed that dates back to August 6, 1956. The roads once belonged to the Southampton Town Trustees, but in 1956 the Trustees sold the roads to the Village of Southampton for $10.

Written into the deed was a clause to ensure the roads would always be kept open and clear for the public to access the beach.

Today, some of the lettered roads, which run in alphabetical order from Halsey Neck Lane west to Shinnecock East County Park, not only are overgrown but even meander onto private property.

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By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 26, 16 3:25 PM
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Would be nice if there were a few parking spaces at each road. Even though the number of spaces would be quite limited it would still be worthwhile. Enough for even 5 cars at each would be nice
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Oct 26, 16 3:28 PM
Cars no good for the dunes but something the size of a mansion is OK I guess. Don't want to many of us little people on the beach you see.
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Oct 26, 16 11:09 PM
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The roads didn't "meander" the land was stolen by the homeowners in question. The deed transfer states that "the ROADS shall be maintained to provide the public access to the beach". If they are not maintained or are used for another purpose , they SHALL revert automatically back to the party of the first part". ( Town Trustees) No one is asking for parking lots like the one at Road D, no one is asking to breach the dunes, all we want is parking for 6 or 8 vehicles on each of OUR ROADS. As the situation ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 27, 16 7:00 AM
The "Deed" is not being respected...so are "we" in the process of transferring the responsibilities back over to the Town Trustees yet?
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 27, 16 8:45 AM
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Maintain the Alphabet roads Mr Mayor! This will help alleviate the overflow at the Picnic Area ! Allowing the Surf Camp created much more traffic ( beach stickers sales depict the large influx since the Camp ) Something should be done to counter balance that. Wether Alphabet roads are maintained for walkers or drive on , please do something . 5 parking spaces isn't asking for alot! Our presence on the beach is not harmful to the dunes and you know this. Our presence is a positive as many local ...more
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 27, 16 9:09 AM
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I wonder if the DEC issued a permit to build the parking lot and take down a part of the dune? Our Town Trustees need to step up and get our roads back, sue the Village and make it happen gentlemen.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 27, 16 4:18 PM
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Thats a very good question!!!! And YES, sue the village an take it back Trustees, please!!! There are MANY locals and non locals who support you!

By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 28, 16 8:06 AM
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Does anyone know whats going on with the Change.org Petition to reinstate the Town Trustees rights over the access roads? Maybe its been forgotten about in all the craziness ? Maybe its time to dust it off and hit the pavement for more signatures. The local store parking lots would be a great place to do this...hint hint ! I would be happy to volunteer !
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 28, 16 8:12 AM
Mark, get real, how is it going to be used? A gesture to the locals?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 27, 16 6:27 PM
A few spots at each access road; or free parking in the lot across from coopers with free hopper service.

Or take back Road E @Dune Beach with it's parking. How did they get to make it a village sticker beach?
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Oct 29, 16 8:51 AM
or perhaps the Town Trustees should not renew he Villages' lease for the AGAWAM LOT!! No more reserved valet parking for the Bathing Corporation. Explain that to your contributors Mark>
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 29, 16 9:46 AM
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Y'all don't get it do you? The local yokels are only for cutting lawns, unsticking clogged toilets and trimming hedges. You want to use the rich folks beach? You can't afford the beach.. Town Trustees sue the rich people with large law firms on retainer? Don't make me laugh. Now get back to work.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Oct 29, 16 11:22 AM
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