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Jul 29, 2015 10:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Will Require Parking Passes To Stop Illegal Crabbing In Water Mill

Jul 29, 2015 11:11 AM

To curb the number of people illegally crabbing in Mecox Bay, drivers parking cars on a specific portion of Flying Point Road in Water Mill will be required to display parking passes between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

At a Southampton Town Board meeting on Tuesday night, Town Trustees President Edward J. Warner Jr. explained that the number of crabs in the water north of the Channel Pond Bridge has been depleted, and the town’s bay constables have been having trouble enforcing the rules because there are so many crabbers—often 15-plus people at a given time. Mr. Warner said there were 152 violations issued in the area last year.

He said one solution is to restrict parking on the street. The Town Board agreed, saying it would put the changes into effect as soon as possible, but noting it will take approximately three weeks after adoption to be approved by the state. The measure was unanimously approved on Tuesday.

The town also plans to review the time limits on the parking permits, and might extend the length of time they’re required in the future. Under the law, the parking passes must be displayed 24 hours a day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Applications for parking passes are available at the Town Department of Parks and Recreation.

Dune Road Grant

Southampton Town will apply for a state grant to raise a one-mile stretch of Dune Road east of Ponquogue Bridge to avoid flooding.

On Tuesday night, the board authorized the town to apply for the grant, although Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst stressed that the town is not obligated to accept the money if the grant is awarded. The proposal is to raise the stretch of Dune Road east of Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays.

If the project moves forward, the town would front the money for the project, an estimated $1,246,766, and would be reimbursed by the state for up to half the cost, or $673,383. The town would also be eligible for an additional $269,353, or 20 percent of the cost, through reimbursement from a different organization through the same grant.

“It is just part of the puzzle of getting that whole lifting project done,” Ms. Throne-Holst said after the meeting.

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The fines for crabbing without the proper parking permit should be expensive. Next problem, how do you handle those who don't pay the fines?
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jul 29, 15 8:50 PM
parking permits, huh. right-ok
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 30, 15 8:38 AM
That won't work, all they do is drop off a bunch of people with buckets and drive off. The crabs still get caught, we will need heavy fines for crabbing without permits and more frequent check-up by police or bay constables, especially at night!
By No of Hwy (9), Southampton on Jul 31, 15 11:47 AM