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Jun 7, 2017 10:03 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Will Reopen East Quogue's Hot Dog Beach Parking Lot By Month's End

Hot dog Beach (Triton Beach) in East Quogue. DANA SHAW
Jun 7, 2017 11:27 AM

Southampton Town will soon reopen the dirt parking lot at a popular oceanfront beach in East Quogue that was closed off to the public for more than a decade after a fire burned down a restaurant operating on the site.

Though they have been able to park at nearby Triton Lane over that span, visitors to Hot Dog Beach will be able to park in the beach lot itself starting later this month, according to Town Parks Director Kristen Doulos. She explained that the town purchased the 9-acre property in 2002, after a fire destroyed The Pavilion, a popular restaurant that once operated on the land.

A resolution dated December 10, 2002, and sponsored by then-Supervisor Patrick “Skip” Heaney, allowed the town to spend $4 million in Community Preservation Fund money on the oceanfront land, which was previously owned by Shorelands Inc.

After completing some minor renovations, including the replacement of boards on the boardwalk leading from the dirt parking lot to the beach and the installation of portable bathrooms, the town intends to reopen the facility at the end of June, according to Ms. Doulos.

At a public hearing on Tuesday, June 13, the Southampton Town Board will discuss amending the town code to allow those with permits to park in the new lot, which will not be paved and features about 175 stalls.

Ms. Doulos noted that many locals incorrectly refer to the oceanfront beach near Triton Lane as Hot Dog Beach. In fact, a sign near the closed off parking lot states that it is actually “William H. Swan Beach”; Ms. Doulos said that sign would be removed soon.

As has been the case, Hot Dog Beach will be an unprotected beach, meaning lifeguards will not be on duty. She also noted that an ice cream stand would be set up in the parking lot.

“I always used to hear about Hot Dog Beach,” Ms. Doulos said during a recent interview. “It’s a beloved spot.”

About a mile to the east, also on the ocean side of Dune Road, town officials recently reopened another beach whose protective dunes were leveled by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

After being off-limits for the past four years, Sandbar Beach in East Quogue reopened to the public over Memorial Day weekend. The town spent $50,000, and was later reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to have Gatz Landscaping of Mattituck rebuild the dunes at the beach.

The beach reopening was delayed, however, after initial repairs to the dunes came up short; specifically, Ms. Doulos said, some of the sand was inadvertently mixed with chunks of asphalt, so the contractor was forced to sift through the sand and rebuild the dunes a second time.

Those issues have since been addressed, she added. “It looks nice down there,” Ms. Doulos said.

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Excellent news!
By johnj (990), Westhampton on Jun 7, 17 10:30 AM
Clean the beach from the canal to Tiana beach!Millions of debris and algae how come at Cooper Beach they clean almost every day and in Hampton Bays and East-Quoque once in a season? Is hard to put a tractor to comb beaches at least every week or is "so" expensive?
By dany (32), Water Mill on Jun 7, 17 1:07 PM
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First, you probably mean from the inlet to Tiana Beach. The canal is miles away.

Second, you're barking up the wrong governmental tree here, dany as this is a story about a town beach and the section you're apparently referencing is Suffolk County parkland.

Third, algae is microscopic and it would not be affected by raking the beach. Also, if by debris you're referring to driftwood and seagrass, except for the occasional bit of dimensional lumber you're talking about naturally ...more
By VOS (1197), WHB on Jun 10, 17 1:29 AM
Great news! Now how about the old Neptunes' ? Plenty of room for a 4x4 access beach also!
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Jun 8, 17 9:02 AM
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Yes, great to see access expanded by using the existing parking lot.

Too many people are on this stretch of beach from inlet to inlet to introduce 4x4's to the mix. Most are pretty happy with 4x4 access limited during the bulk of the daytime in the summer months.

Also the plover nesting areas along most of Dune rd. are pretty sensitive .
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (688), southampton on Jun 8, 17 9:52 AM
There's your new drive on beach.
By even flow (841), East Hampton on Jun 8, 17 11:38 AM
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Get J to have parks get a beach rake and do it on a rotation... Coopers has it's own rake...
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Jun 9, 17 5:37 PM
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