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Nov 5, 2018 1:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Ponquogue Beach Facility Parking Lot To Be Closed For Several Months

On October 30, Southampton Town officials broke ground on a renovation project for the Ponquogue Beach facility that is estimated to cost $3 million and be finished by Memorial Day 2019.  Pictured left to right: Southampton Town Parks Director Kristen Doulos, Town Councilman John Bouvier, Town Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni. GREG WEHNER
Nov 6, 2018 10:46 AM

The Ponquogue Beach parking lot in Hampton Bays will be closed until next year due to a nearly $3 million revitalization project aimed at improving the facility.

Although the parking lot will be closed, a 22-foot-wide access point will be in place at the eastern end of the lot to allow four-wheel-drive vehicle access to the beach. But unless a visitor plans to drive onto the beach, the parking lot is closed.

Over the next several months, the Ponquogue Beach facility will undergo a major transformation that includes renovating the pavilion, replacing and expanding the decking, replacing the roofing and siding, exposing a sand-covered ramp to the beach and expanding it to the ocean, erecting a retaining wall around the pavilion, and making numerous improvements to the parking lot. The project is expected to cost $2.93 million.

“If you’ve seen any of the renderings, it’s beautiful,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony on October 30.

As the project gets underway, the town wants to make sure the public is safe from any hazards.

“We understand that this is a popular place for folks to visit throughout the year, but keeping the facility secure is essential for the safety of the public and the contractors,” Southampton Town Parks Director Kristen Doulos said in a press release about the temporary closure. She explained that there will be equipment and materials on site, along with extensive demolition and improvements being made around the entire facility.

Ms. Doulos spoke during a groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday, October 30, and explained that a lot of input from the community went into the new pavilion design, which was initially expected to cost the town nearly $1.8 million. When the project went to bid in July, none came back anywhere close to what the town wanted to pay, so officials raised the price tag by $1.2 million.

The project is expected to be completed in May 2019, just in time for Memorial Day.

Plans for the project can be found on southamptontownny.gov.

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By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 18 3:19 PM
The bridge fishing pier was to be ready for summer 2018 It looks like a long summer 2019 for residents
By tinboat (17), hampton bays on Nov 5, 18 5:59 PM
Such an important project and a two people show up. Not even a even a mob. You spend 3 maybe 4 million and no one shows up. Something is not right with this photo..
By Hamptonsway (101), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 8:26 PM
Only the Dems showed up...
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 5:43 AM
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This flyer was distributed by both the HBBA and the HBCA, and by the accounts of one person that showed up, he was turned away in the parking lot since he didn't have an "invitation". It seems to me that this was just a tax funded political ad.
By G.A.Lombardi (545), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 18 11:19 AM
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I wonder if the price of the renovation includes the cost of those five new shovels the board members are so energetically wielding; as well as the cost of a new pair of shoes for Tommy John
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Nov 6, 18 6:05 PM
I had a prior commitment and this was in the middle of a work day. Not to mention, what exactly were they doing other then another photo op? This has been discussed for months now a week before the election they show up and smile.

Really glad I didn't try to go and get turned away. I wouldn't have brought my 'invitation'.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 18 6:10 PM
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