The owner of two South Fork summer camps paid East Hampton Town $12,500 in restitution on Monday for converting an East Hampton house he owns into a staff dormitory—and pledged to never again use the house as a residence for more than four people.
Attorneys for Jay Jacobs, who owns Hampton Country Day Camp, as well as Southampton Camp & Club in North Sea and several other summer camps on Long Island and upstate, agreed to a stipulation of settlement with East Hampton Town attorneys on Monday, who levied the fine and barred the camp owner from using the home as housing for more than four unrelated people.
The stipulation dispenses with both the host of zoning violations before the Town Justice Court and a civil case brought by the town in State Supreme Court seeking the injunction against the house being used as a dorm.
Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said that town building inspectors have certified that the violations at the property, on Ocean Boulevard, have been remedied and that the restitution has already been paid by Mr. Jacobs’s company, HCDC LLC.
Mr. Sendlenski said he’s been told the house is currently listed for sale.
“We’re satisfied that this property is no longer in violation of our code and that we now have a mechanism, under court order, for it to remain in compliance,” Mr. Sendlenski said Monday.
The directors of the Hampton Country Day Camp on Buckskill Road were charged with dozens of fire and safety code violations in the summer of 2015 for illegal alterations made to the house and lack of required safety equipment.
Code officers found as many as 25 camp counselors living in the house, which had been altered from its approved four bedrooms into eight bedrooms.
A judge in 2015 issued a temporary injunction ordering the camp to stop using the house. Attorneys for Mr. Jacobs had argued that the counselors constituted a “family unit” as town officials have deemed students from the Ross School, who live in groups of a dozen or more in various parts of East Hampton and Southampton towns.