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Feb 15, 2012 9:22 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Board Authorizes Enforcement Action at Water Mill Estate

Feb 15, 2012 9:43 AM

The Southampton Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to authorize enforcement action against the owners of the Rose Hill Estate at 76 Rose Hill Road in Water Mill, which town officials said was operating as an illegal hotel and was the focus of a recent code enforcement crackdown.

Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi and Councilwoman Christine Scalera co-sponsored a resolution that green lights the Town Attorney’s office to initiate enforcement action to stop owner Michael D’Alessio from running the illegal business in the single family home.

The Rose Hill Estate has been advertised online as “Hamptons Luxury At Its Best,” and depicted as a high-end bed and breakfast and deluxe event venue, complete with an indoor dance floor, butler service, and tennis courts.

“The owner blatantly disregarded the law for his own personal gain at the expense of his neighbors and legitimate area hotels and businesses,” said Mr. Nuzzi.

Mr. D’Alessio, who was at the property when code enforcement officers searched the business on February 5, as well as concierge staffers Megan Kempner and Matthew Ardley were issued appearance tickets for various violations of town code.

Mr. D’Alessio was charged with not having a rental permit; multiple counts of transient rental and not having building permits, or plumbing and electrical permits for a pool house conversion; a change of use violation for converting two basement bedrooms and violating his certificate of occupancy.

Ms. Kempner and Mr. Ardley were charged with not having a rental permit and transient rental violations.

During the search of the home, two illegal bedrooms were found to have been converted from basement rooms.

A stop work order was issued for construction in the pool house, where the basement area was being converted into a two bedroom apartment to house on-site staff.

New Traffic Circle Design

Of two possibilities originally pitched to redesign the Riverside traffic circle, with the aim of removing one of its current five legs, one is already pretty much dead in the water.

So said William Hillman, chief engineer for the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, at a Southampton Town work session last week.

The first option, which is projected to cost $5 million, calls for eliminating the County Road 104 entrance to the traffic circle, near where the State Police barracks is located. Traffic would have to be rerouted away from the circle and through a new development area in Riverside that the town is still planning. The road would then connect to Flanders Road, to the east of the traffic circle.

The second option is more costly, around $8 million, would take longer to construct, according to Mr. Hillman, and would require terminating Lake Avenue, the main road in the area that connects County Road 51 with Riverside and downtown Riverhead before it reaches the traffic circle. The county would also have to condemn, via eminent domain, several properties, including a shuttered diner that overlooks the traffic circle and the Budget Host Inn motel, and realign County Road 104.

“Eight million dollars is a lot of money,” Mr. Hillman said. “This is becoming less and less of a viable alternative.”

Both ideas are still only in the planning and concept stages, Mr. Hillman said. “There is no funding.”

Resident Protests Purchase

Al Algieri, an East Quogue Civic Association board member, demanded to know why the Southampton Town Board recently purchased a marina on Josiah Foster Path with $5.4 million of Community Preservation Funds after conducting only one public hearing.

Reading a letter into the record, Mr. Algieri said he and others in the community were concerned about the use of the parcel and the “lack of dialogue.”

Also, Mr. Algieri charged the board with telling 15 individuals that they would be given a priority for boat slips.

“What happened to a lottery or some other fair democratic way of assigning boat slips?” he asked.

Residents have questions, Mr. Algieri said, including if the marina was legal, if docks were made of treated wood—and, if so, who would pay to upgrade the marina.

“It’s a mess and reflects poor and very costly planning,” he said.

The supervisor said the decision was made to purchase the marina quickly because the deal needed to be completed by year’s end. No long-term decisions have been made about boat slips, Ms. Throne-Holst added, but until they are, revenue generation must be considered.

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Typical gov't bs. Is it any wonder a majority of people detest government.
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