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Jun 4, 2018 4:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Business To Use Southampton Town Trustee-Owned Property As Parking Lot Under Agreement

Ed Warner
Jun 5, 2018 12:22 PM

The Southampton Town Trustees will hold a public hearing in July on a proposal to allow a local business in Hampton Bays to rent Trustee-owned property during the summer and use it as a parking lot—even though the board had already voted to approve the agreement in April.

The Trustees unanimously approved a resolution on Monday that reopens the decision made in April. At that earlier meeting, the Trustees had been listening to members of the public express discontent with the board’s decision to allow a Water Mill homeowner to take over a portion of waterfront property on Rose Hill Road owned by the Trustees in exchange for maintaining the property.

Later in the meeting, Trustee President Ed Warner pushed through a resolution that would allow Shinnecock Station Inc. to use another property—this time a 0.2-acre lot on Shinnecock Road in Hampton Bays—as a parking lot for summertime guests of The Station Bar.

Mr. Warner told his fellow board members on April 23 that the Trustees had entered into the same agreement with the Station Bar owners last year after reaching out to neighboring property owners.

At the time, Trustee Scott Horowitz urged Mr. Warner to put the resolution to a public hearing before approving it. But his request was ignored, and the board subsequently voted to enter into the agreement, which runs from May 15 through October 15. Under the terms, the owners of The Station Bar will pay the Trustees $500 per month.

The agreement was not official, Mr. Horowitz now says, because Mr. Warner never signed it—and, since then, Hampton Bays residents have begun questioning the move.

Anthony DePalma said in an email to Mr. Horowitz, which he shared with The Press, that last year the Station Bar used a portion of the lot for parking on a limited basis and, after neighbors complained, the lot was re-seeded with grass.

Mr. DePalma said the parking will be permitted down to the bulkhead this year—and a wetland buffer was cleared to permit the additional space.

On Monday, Mr. Warner said the lot still has a wetland buffer down to the bulkhead. Those who pass the property will see that roughly 80 percent of the lot is dirt, and the other 20 percent near the water is partly covered in grass, and the dirt spots are seeded.

Mr. Horowitz responded to an email from Mr. DePalma on May 29, saying he “was assured that all diligence was done and there were no complaints from the neighbors.”

“My request was met with criticism from another Trustee, however, I was just trying to be careful, as I stated on the video of that day,” Mr. Horowitz said in the email. “I am now disappointed that we have another situation to deal with.”

A public hearing on the matter will be held on July 16 at 1 p.m. at Town Hall to allow the public to comment.

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They are doing the public hearing months after the agreement was signed??? It's Rose Hill all over again. Vote these trustees out.
By Gillnetter (102), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 18 8:15 PM
? What next? I have a HORRIBLE feeling that one day there will no such thing as trustees. They need to take many steps back and start to work together and get advice from their counsel and not just from any board member that thinks they are counsel.
By Resident tax (130), Hampton bays ny on Jun 4, 18 8:53 PM
who is the lawyer for the town??? FIRED......
By knitter (1484), Southampton on Jun 4, 18 8:56 PM
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The town board keeps shutting down HB hotspots that actually make the hamlet money and people love, and then the trustees decide to do business with The Station? Lol wow. Just, huh. Lol
By Brandon Quinn (154), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 18 9:49 PM
This is the place that there have been "Jay" sighting and the the self proclaimed KKK member was arrested. Apparently attracts the cream of the crop.
By HB Proud (879), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 18 10:24 PM
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How about re-visiting the Rose Hill scam?
By bigfresh (3755), north sea on Jun 5, 18 5:51 AM
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On another note, the trustees offer 4X4 and ramp permits free to veterans starting this year. Just need to show your DD214.

At least they did something right...
By Draggerman (822), Southampton on Jun 5, 18 7:17 AM
NICE! WIthout the vet's and current service persons, we would all be waiting in line for 8 hours each day just for a half a loaf of stale bread and a quart of milk, for the family ... THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SERVED - ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Oilbird19 (8), Southampton on Jun 5, 18 11:13 PM
This is just another Rose Hill. These Republican trustees are just trying to hide the fact that they approved a deal and then the people found out about it. It started May 15th and we are already in June. Now that the Republican Trustees have been caught self dealing yet again they are trying to back track. Disband the Trustees. The Democrat Town Board can do the job and be far better stewards of the environment.
By CleanWaters (76), Southampton on Jun 5, 18 9:06 AM
$500 a month to rent waterfront property during the summer on Shinnecock Road? This seems like no where near market rent.

Southampton Trustees have been diligently protecting the environment and access to natural areas since 1686 and for the majority of this time have done a wonderful job! Powerful forces want the Town Trustees gone and have been attempting to disband this important part of town government for years. It is absolutely in the best interest of the ecosytems of the town ...more
By Aeshtron (153), Southampton on Jun 5, 18 10:17 AM
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They don’t need any help in making themselves look bad.
By rv (30), watermill on Jun 5, 18 11:51 AM
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CleanW, the town board is no prize, they gave the land to the trustees on rose hill with the papers endorsed. Why do you think it was done so quickly??? A lot of dirty hands...
$500 a month for 12 months or 4 months???
By knitter (1484), Southampton on Jun 5, 18 2:50 PM
I have been speaking to a lot of my neighbors on this and apparently there has been a Warner on this board for years upon years. So I am going to assume that there has been this under handed action on the Town Trustees for years upon years. It seems this Republican Trustee board has been giving away land in sweetheart deals often. Is this the Warner Family way? These are the only deals we know of. What about the other deals of cronyism that have remained under the table?
By CleanWaters (76), Southampton on Jun 6, 18 8:25 AM
Last I knew there were more than one Trustee.
By bb (803), Hampton Bays on Jun 7, 18 4:42 PM
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I just drove by and it looks terrible. It has been stripped of all grass and plants. It's a muddy mess. Now we have the Bel Air motel, this ugly waterfront parking lot and the the Station Bar all in a row.
By Bayman (24), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 18 3:32 PM
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Who was the lead Trustee on this ? Who wrote the contract? Is there a hold harmless agreement in place naming the Trustees and the residents and Freeholders of the Town??!! Does the renter's insurance carry multi million dollar liability? Why only $500 per month? They could have squeezed the business owner for a lot more. More questions for the June 18 6:00 PM meeting.
By bigfresh (3755), north sea on Jun 5, 18 5:17 PM
... and the hits just keep on coming !
By AndersEn (157), Southampton on Jun 10, 18 11:27 AM
Trustees are supposed to maintain property for the public aren’t they? The site looks awful. Town management (trustees and Board) make some strange, almost suspicious, decisions.
By Marrrmin (12), Hampton bays on Jun 12, 18 8:25 AM
Is anyone interested in asking at the meeting why the Station Bar is allowed to routinely exceed noise ordinances? When asked, they say "We know there is a law, we don't care."

Giving them more parking, allows the bar to have more people, who then drive drunk past our homes at 4am. They are not a good neighbor.
By jafs (2), Hampton Bays on Jul 8, 18 11:46 PM