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Southampton Town Board Unanimously Approves Sandy Hollow Apartments Plan

Excellent point. One that the town board has chosen to ignore. At one town board meeting, the board spoke passionately about protecting our watersheds & aquifers. So here is the double standard. On an island such as this, we need to protect our valuable water resources. I believe that was one of the main concerns of those who opposed this project." Jun 15, 14 11:31 AM

The problem?
1- built on an aquifer with the potential to contaminate a very large portion of Southampton Town resident's wells
2- built on a VERY BUSY roadway with only one access in or out; allowed to park on the side of this roadway, and allowed to make a left turn onto this speedway
3-Southampton Fire District has voiced their concern over loss of life in the event of a fire due to the one access and high density
4-built in an area zoned for one family homes on 2 acres
5-unable to get a clear response as to whether this project will even pay school taxes to an already overburdened school district, Tuckahoe School. Conflicting information was given at all meetings, nothing in writing.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as to "what's the problem."" Jun 15, 14 11:55 AM

Yes, please stop. This has nothing to do with slavery. Everyone who lives in Southampton Township will be affected by this project in one way or another. Those of us who oppose it are trying to protect the integrity of our town for everyone. Race, religion, and money does not come into play for us. Unfortunately, money does come into play for the developer, big money. At EVERYONES expense. " Jun 15, 14 12:03 PM

Town Could Approve Sandy Hollow Apartments Thursday

I agree 100% with this comment and your previous one. Excellent points!!!" Jun 15, 14 12:17 PM

Southampton Town Board Unanimously Approves Sandy Hollow Apartments Plan

Shelter Island, you are next! High density coming to you in the very near future. This just paved the way. Your island is not immune." Jun 15, 14 12:23 PM

So true Maddie. I will be one of those paying $20,000 or more for water hook up! I might as well just rent one of the apartments. It will be cheaper for me! At one town board meeting the engineer in charge of the treatment system said that the developers would pay for all of us in the surrounding areas to get hooked up to town water. He was just saying it thinking it would appease us! Well, it backfired. What a mockery this whole situation is. " Jun 18, 14 12:18 PM

Maybe the red brick building near the train station will be next! This single project is going to multiply when developers find out how much money they can make. All of Southampton Town is vulnerable now to high density housing. Unfortunately, the town board just opened the door. So much opposition, yet so little listening and governing. " Jun 22, 14 11:59 PM

Frances has the courage to stand up and address issues that others shy away from. Perhaps the ones criticizing her should attend the town board meetings and speak the truth, as she does. " Jun 28, 14 9:58 PM

We are not uppity complainers! We are middle class, hard working citizens who care about the water quality for everyone in the town. This project doesn't affect just "us." It affects everyone. We also care about the traffic on Sandy Hollow Road and the safety of ALL who drive on it. We have not been given any straight answers from the developer or the town board, so why should we not complain? " Jun 28, 14 10:09 PM

Neighbors File Lawsuit To Stop Sandy Hollow Apartments

The issues at play here are water quality, traffic, high density and fire safety. I have attended the town board meetings and the CAC meetings. Nothing was mentioned about tourists and "us." We, as a seasonal community, depend on tourism to keep our town financially viable. And we, as a community, depend on our elected officials to uphold the law. That's the issue that this lawsuit addresses." Oct 15, 14 10:13 PM

Thank you for your very clear explanation of one of the main issues: water supply, water quality and the costs associated. This project affects not only the surrounding areas but all who get their water via wells. This is a large aquifer that is being compromised. So those who are in favor of this will have a very big surprise when their wells are contaminated. " Oct 20, 14 10:29 AM

I think you have your ideas in reverse. The developers and the town board members are sabotaging year round residents way of life with this project. This has nothing to do with second homeowners. It has to do with high density, water quality, traffic safety and fire safety. I would oppose this dangerous project anywhere. There were ideas given from the community to the town board for alternative solutions to help with affordable housing. Wonder why those ideas didn't reach anyone's ears??? " Oct 20, 14 10:43 AM

SUNY Board Unanimously Approves Stony Brook, Southampton Hospital Affiliation

I agree with you. On the surface this appears to look good. But unfortunately, healthcare is big business. It manages money, not the well being of the community. This has been shown with other mergers across the country and especially here on Long Island. I am skeptical but it appears we have no choice in the matter. We can only hope for the best." Jan 16, 15 11:02 AM

Southampton Press Launches Contest Asking Residents To Redesign Town Seal

Absolutely! How can we have pride in our "representatives?" I did attend town board meetings, CAC meetings, etc. I spoke out with facts and was disregarded along with the many others who were trying to protect our wonderful town. We are not to blame for our cynicism." Mar 19, 15 10:36 AM

Throne-Holst To Challenge Zeldin For Congressional Seat

Amen to that, big fresh." May 21, 15 8:17 AM

Son And Friend Remember Martha Garcia Of Hampton Bays

A tragic loss to all who knew her. Martha was a gentle person who always had a smile and a kind word. She was simply beautiful inside and out. I will truly miss you Martha. May you rest in peace. " May 23, 15 12:20 PM

UPDATE: Hampton Jitney Accident On County Road 39 Cleared

You are absolutely correct! I thought visitors came out here to relax. Instead, they are as impatient behind the wheel of a car as they are in the stores! I say "slow down and enjoy life."" Aug 22, 15 1:04 AM

UPDATE: Three Arrested Protesting Beach Excavation In Montauk

Revetments are not effective in storm conditions. Also, the sand to the east and west of revetments will wash away leaving no beaches on either sides of it. Just look at the current revetments along the coast and see the damage from them. It is not the answer. Bravo to the protestors for taking a stand! " Nov 7, 15 10:30 AM

I agree. My first thoughts when I read the article was how demeaning and disrespectful the press was to a caring group of concerned citizens. Shame on the press!" Nov 7, 15 2:36 PM

Sandy Hollow Affordable Housing Lawsuit Dismissed By State Supreme Court Justice

Accessory apartments linked to existing dwellings was brought up by residents as an option to look at during the town board meetings. None of the board members were interested in pursuing this. It's a good alternative to high density housing and benefits everyone. I guess it's not lucrative enough for the developers and too much work for the board." Jan 7, 16 10:39 PM

You are totally off base. Residents of Southampton Town went to the meetings opposed to this high density project because of traffic safety concerns, building a sewage treatment plant over a main aquifer that supplies clean water to the town, and fire safety concerns. The Southampton fire department is on record as opposing this project due to their safety concerns over one entrance/exit into the project. There were residents from all over the town opposed to this project, not just the "neighbors." Other issues with the PDD were brought up also. I am not versed in that area but many residents voiced concern over how the board handled this over the last few years." Jan 7, 16 11:02 PM

UPDATE: Schmidt's Market In Southampton Sustains Significant Damage From Sunday Night Fire

I'm sorry to hear about this fire, but very glad that no one was injured. I will miss Schmidts while it is getting back on its feet. Looking forward to the re-opening! In the meantime I will be frequenting the Schmidts Seafood Market further north on North Sea Rd. Good luck Dennis and crew!!!" May 5, 16 11:43 PM

UPDATE: Schneiderman Unveils More Details About Proposal To Reroute Tuckahoe Road

Agreed. Go to the town board meetings and the PAC meetings. I did, for other issues, and I really had my eyes opened for me. There is power in numbers and we, the locals, must use it. Force the town officials to answer questions; make your opinion known; make the town officials uncomfortable; write letters to them; make them take your phone calls. We have power and we must use it." Jun 23, 16 4:26 PM

If that brush were on my property, you can be sure I would be receiving a visit from the town officials and fire department. It is definitely a fire hazard, not to mention unsightly. Such a double standard in this town." Jun 26, 16 7:36 PM

Jay represents the rich influential people, not the locals who live here year round. Not the locals who keep this town running. Not the the locals who "stupidly" voted for him. Truly unbelievable to me." Jun 26, 16 7:40 PM

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club President Says Tuckahoe Road Proposal Is A Matter Of Safety

Definitely give the five million to Tuckahoe School. It will make up for the taxes that are no longer paid to the school from any of the golf clubs in the district. If you are so concerned with the safety of children, then start with their education, not their golf game." Jul 8, 16 9:42 AM

First Bridgehampton Race Track was taken away (too noisy). Second, the ocean beach access will be taken away (too many undesirables) and now our roads are being taken away ( too dangerous). This entire town does not belong to the year round residents anymore. The wealthy have the money to "buy" anything they want, including every politician who is in charge of our community. We have entrusted our elected officials and they have taken away everything that we love about Southampton. Shame Shame Shame on all of them. " Jul 8, 16 9:58 AM

I see no evidence of a safety issue on this road. I do, however, see a safety issue at Inlet Road West. The residents in that neighborhood have been asking for a solution for years. The local politicians have placated them by saying they are "looking into it." Doesn't seem equitable, does it?" Jul 9, 16 1:44 AM