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Apr 13, 2011 10:24 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Parking On Noyac Bay Avenue A Heated Subject at Southampton Town Hall

Apr 13, 2011 10:24 AM

A proposal to the Southampton Town Board to allow senior citizens to park at the eastern end of Noyac Bay Avenue in Noyac, allowing them access to a stretch of beach there, was met with a resounding “no” from about 18 residents who live near the beach.

The proposed parking regulation, sponsored by Town Councilman Jim Malone, was the subject of a public hearing at a Town Board meeting on Tuesday. It would allow seasonal parking for senior citizens on the north and south sides of Noyac Bay Avenue, from its intersection with Mill Road all the way east to the water’s edge, between July 1 and Labor Day, from 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Seniors would be able to park there with a beach permit issued by the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The reason for the new regulation, Mr. Malone said at the hearing, was to offer seniors access to a small beach and a view of the water vista.

Mr. Malone said the amount of room allowed for parking would be about 120 to 150 feet on Noyac Bay Avenue. “We’re talking about keeping 95 percent of the rest [of the road] intact,” he said.

But residents from the neighboring Northampton Colony Association, made up of residents from a development of nearly 90 homes along Mill Creek, and those belonging to the corresponding Northampton Colony Yacht Club, came out en masse to oppose the plan, arguing that it would create safety and security issues for their homes and their boats moored in their neighborhood marina in Noyac Bay, as well as invite trespassers to their clubhouse on Noyac Bay Avenue. They also said the town’s invitation to let seniors, or anyone, park with a beach permit along that road could put the town at risk, opening it up to liabilities it could incur if someone was harmed by swimming in the channel’s deep waters.

Dr. Stanley Shore of Sag Harbor, who was the main voice in support of the parking regulation at the hearing, belongs to the Noyac Citizens Advisory Committee. He said that current parking regulations, which do not allow any parking in the area during the summer season, prevent him and other Noyac residents from accessing the beach there. The parking ban went into effect in the summer of 2009, according to Town Transportation Director Tom Neely.

“I expected this,” Dr. Shore said at the meeting while being criticized by a throng of residents who claimed the only reason the new parking regulation was proposed was because Dr. Shore had once received a parking ticket at the site. Dr. Shore later said that he had never received a parking ticket. “I’m just very angry because this is my bit of heaven, and everyone has taken it away from me,” he said.

Residents of the Northampton Colony Association cited a host of other concerns, including that Noyac Bay Avenue is very narrow road, which would make maneuvering in and out of the area especially difficult and dangerous for pedestrians passing by. They also argued that area in question is small, and could only accommodate a few people.

“Where are you going to park?” Elena Loreto, asked the Town Board, pointing at color photos she brought in of the site. “Where are you going to sit?”

In a follow-up interview Tuesday evening, Ms. Loreto explained that Northampton Colony residents have already had property stolen from their boats when there were parking regulations on Noyac Bay Avenue. A $500 fish finder, rods and reels, and a fishnet were some of the items she listed. Her own kayak was stolen years ago out of her backyard, she said.

“We’re hoping that they don’t reverse what they did two years ago,” she said.

Assistant Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski recommended revisiting the senior citizen component of the proposed law, indicating that it might be discriminatory. Mr. Malone moved to close the public hearing with a 10-day written comment period, which was approved unanimously by the Town Board.

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there is no reason why people should not be allowed to park on this PUBLIC street to access the PUBLIC beach and water access at the end of Noyac Bay Ave. the private yaght club on both sides of the street want to exclude the very few people who use this area and turn this into their own private road.

this parking restriction was implemented last year and is a disgrace and should be changed . why is it always that the few who have so much want to take away the little that the rest ...more
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Apr 13, 11 4:50 PM
I was interested in your comments regarding the attempted take over of the Noyac Bay beach by a few people who live in the area. This issue will come to a head on Tuesday evening June 28 at 6pm in Town Hall when a final hearing will be held. Please plan to attend and lend support to a growing number of people who are fighting this injustice.

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By WestsideWalt (8), sag harbor on Jun 17, 11 9:13 AM
"came out en masse to oppose the plan, arguing that it would create safety and security issues for their homes and their boats moored in their neighborhood marina in Noyac Bay, as well as invite trespassers to their clubhouse on Noyac Bay Avenue. " ???

Is this a public beach? If yes, then the pubic should have access. Your right to protect your property should not infringe upon my right to enjoy the beach.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 13, 11 5:36 PM
there are no more safety and security issues for their homes than on any other street, the few citizens (mostly seniors) who park on this road to use the beach are not breaking into their houses or tresspassing in their clubhouse

these people are out of control. the parking rest on this steet have only been in effect for one summer, and two minutes after someone would park her to sit on the beach or wade into the water this woman would be on the phone to the police demanding that a car ...more
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Apr 13, 11 9:25 PM
Just what we need - more NIMBYism. Let me get this straight. These folks have their own private yacht club, their own private marina, exclusive use of Clam Island, and now they want to keep everyone off "their" Town roads and public beaches?? Gee - wonder what kind of taxes they're paying here for all these exclusive rights & privileges. Isn't Water Mill going through this same thing with Bay Lane - yet another public area the "new" homeowners are trying to close down?
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Apr 15, 11 2:35 PM
I was interested in your comments regarding the attempted take over of the Noyac Bay beach by a few people who live in the area. This issue will come to a head on Tuesday evening June 28 at 6pm in Town Hall when a final hearing will be held. Please plan to attend and lend support to a growing number of people who are fighting this injustice.

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By WestsideWalt (8), sag harbor on Jun 17, 11 9:15 AM
If, as it appears, there is no reason to restrict parking on this street other than that the presumptuous abutting homeowners want to extend their property rights to the public thoroughfare, parking restrictions should be rescinded. Those homeowners should work harder, make more money and move to a locale wherein private roads deny access to the hoi polloi rather than attempt to arrogate PUBLIC roads to their own exclusive use.

In view of the unique spiritually soothing and psychically ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 17, 11 10:23 AM
Bravo! Very well put HighHat. Issue will be resolved 6/28 6pm at Town Hall. Please attend.
By WestsideWalt (8), sag harbor on Jun 17, 11 11:27 AM