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Aug 8, 2018 10:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bullhead Yacht Club Members Demand Money Given To Trustees For Dredging Project Be Returned

Members of the Bullhead Yacht Club gave $10,800 to the Southampton Town Trustees in 2012 to pay for a sandbar outside of Sebonac Inlet to be dredged by Suffolk County. GREG WEHNER
Aug 8, 2018 11:33 AM

Members of the Bullhead Yacht Club are upset with the Southampton Town Trustees over a “friendly” agreement made nearly six years ago to pay for the dredging of a shoal outside of Sebonac Inlet, with some claiming the work was never done and questioning where the money went.

In 2012, members of the yacht club donated $10,800 to a special account managed by the Trustees’ office, that was to be used specifically to dredge the shallow sandbar outside of Sebonac Inlet, which is known to create issues for the club’s boat owners.

The money was handed over without a contract, but rather in good faith that the additional dredging was to be conducted by Suffolk County after the county’s routine dredging project was completed. The plan was intended to take advantage of the county dredging work and the equipment already at the location. Anything additional would require overtime pay—which is why the money was donated by members of the yacht club.

On Monday, former Trustees Fred Havemeyer and Eric Shultz, along with Bill Clair, a member of the yacht club, demanded that the Trustees return the money to the yacht club members.

Mr. Clair, a North Sea resident who provided money to have the bar dredged, approached the board about the same issue in November 2017 and said the money was required for overtime, and to go above and beyond what was needed to get the bar to a satisfactory level so sailboats could enter and exit without having to time it right with the high tide.

He also said during that meeting that some dredging was done in 2016, but prior to that, no additional dredging was done. In 2015, Mr. Clair said, he was told the county would do the dredging work as a storm approached the East End, promising to stay until Saturday, but crews packed up and left the Friday before.

“There’s just something that stinks here,” Mr. Clair told the board on Monday. “We feel you’re taking our money to fill your budget gaps.”

Trustee Scott Horowitz said that was not the case. In fact, Mr. Horowitz said he found checks totaling more than four times the amount that the Bullhead Yacht Club gave to the Trustees, that included two checks written to Suffolk County for overtime.

“This area got the lion’s share of the entire county,” Mr. Horowitz said. “They got more dredging than anyone in the county, according to statistics.”

Still, Mr. Shultz and Mr. Havemeyer, who were on the board when the deal was made, did not think the work was done as promised.

Mr. Shultz said the money should go back to those who donated it, including Trustee Bill Pell, who made a personal donation. Mr. Pell reportedly went out in a boat after the work was said to be done, and measured the depth of the water with a pole. What he found was the shoal still existed.

Mr. Havemeyer called the whole situation a disgrace, and accused the Trustees of stealing the money.

“A sum that large doesn’t just disappear,” he said, demanding that the panel prove a check was written to the county. If it cannot be proven, he said, the money should be returned. “It’s their money,” he added.

Mr. Warner said he was not a dredge operator, and can only work with the county to stress areas that needed to be dredged more than others. He told Mr. Havemeyer that he would try to get an answer about the dredging by September.

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... these guys cant stay out of trouble. Incredible!
By William Rodney (502), southampton on Aug 8, 18 2:00 PM
Not working for us taxpayers. Scott wants the head chair so bad...
By knitter (1379), Southampton on Aug 8, 18 2:25 PM
Freddy should run for trustee...
By Draggerman (810), Southampton on Aug 8, 18 9:21 PM
Not surprised one bit. Giving away public land, keeping freeholders from driving on the beach and now missing money. Horowitz and Werner need to go!
By icecreamman (381), Southampton on Aug 9, 18 6:27 AM
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Avoiding Bill Clair eliminates a problem.
By pw herman (1051), southampton on Aug 9, 18 8:48 AM
Is anyone shocked that Scott Horowitz and Ed Warner are once again tied up with ANOTHER shady deal involving the trustees?
By Gillnetter (101), Hampton Bays on Aug 11, 18 6:26 AM
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By icecreamman (381), Southampton on Aug 11, 18 6:31 AM
"Mr warner said he was not a dredge operator". Thanks Ed sounds like you made some intelligent contributions to the discussion as usual. I don't think I've ever seen a dumber person heading a regulatory board, and you wonder why the trustees are in the toilet. I miss watching Schultz leaning over and helping Ed the Schmed with the big words lol
By CaptainSig (661), Dutch Harbor on Aug 12, 18 6:14 AM
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After this mornings rain I would say Mecox bay is now dangerously full. What are you trustees going to do about it? Act now or step down!
By icecreamman (381), Southampton on Aug 12, 18 6:29 AM
The plovers have fledged, Mecox is full , coming off the new moon, no large swell forecasted, north west winds on Wednesday. The conditions are near perfect to pop the cork and have a good opening. How about it Bruce? Have you learned a single thing about timing an opening yet??!!
By bigfresh (3630), north sea on Aug 12, 18 10:18 AM
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this is WAY too complicated for brucie. he's only on the board so he can harass people he doesnt like
By CaptainSig (661), Dutch Harbor on Aug 13, 18 7:15 AM
Town uses tractor and beach rack at Ponquogue but we cannot drive on beach at night to fish because of plovers? Go to other beaches during the week and people let dogs run free/plovers?
By Dee1961 (7), East Quogue on Aug 12, 18 11:05 AM
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By Dee1961 (7), East Quogue on Aug 12, 18 11:05 AM
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By Dee1961 (7), East Quogue on Aug 12, 18 11:05 AM
When they contract work, do they check work? Was it a cash pay out or check? Who's watching the books?
Fred for trustee///
By knitter (1379), Southampton on Aug 12, 18 11:47 AM
I contributed money to the dredging fund also. I would like to know what happened to it or, better yet, just see it dredged.-Tim Corwin
By Mit (4), Southampton on Aug 12, 18 12:24 PM
Some one write the check and stop whining already. Money is not yours...
By knitter (1379), Southampton on Aug 12, 18 5:55 PM
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