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Mar 22, 2016 1:14 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor Shares Vision For New Ponquogue Beach Restaurant

The concession stand at the Ponquogue Beach pavillion in Hampton Bays.  DANA SHAW
Mar 22, 2016 3:33 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has big plans for Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays—including the eventual construction of a restaurant to replace the concession stand that now operates at the oceanfront beach.

At a Town Board work session last Thursday, March 17, Mr. Schneiderman presented his vision for the eventual creation of a modern dining facility at Ponquogue Beach, one where people could not only grab a quick bite to eat but also enjoy a sitdown lunch right on the beach.

That vision is part of an overall plan that, according to the supervisor, should provide an economic boost to the hamlet’s downtown business district by encouraging more visitors to spend an entire day in Hampton Bays.

“I’d like to have Ponquogue Beach be the flagship beach for the Town of Southampton,” Mr. Schneiderman said on Monday. “It would have a proper concession and restaurant, where you can have lunch overlooking the ocean. To not take advantage of it in a more meaningful way, to me, seems like a missed opportunity.”

While the supervisor said specific details have not yet been hammered out—the town must still hire a consultant to both design and determine the size of the structure, as well as finalize what amenities would be included, and how the serving of alcohol would be managed—he envisions something of similar scope as the new Beach Hut now under construction at Suffolk County’s Cupsogue Beach County Park. That estimated $3 million project, which is replacing the old Beach Hut that burned to the ground in 2014, is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017.

A new facility would include a full-service restaurant, he said, and could retain a smaller concession stand as well. “These decisions need to be made by the Town Board after consultation with a planner,” he said, adding that he expects a new Hampton Bays facility, which would not open until the summer of 2018 at the earliest, to cost about $3 million to construct.

“I don’t think we would see construction for two years,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s impossible to do it at a faster time frame, but I don’t want to disrupt the activities at the beach.”

The supervisor also noted that town would most likely contract a private vendor to run the restaurant, though it would still receive a portion of the revenue. He said that money, as well as increased use of the beach, could cover the debt of constructing a new building. “I’m trying to make it cost-neutral,” he said.

He also said town officials would need to decide whether to renovate and expand the existing building, or to replace it.

At last week’s work session, Town Councilman Stan Glinka, a Hampton Bays resident, suggested creating a similar facility at nearby Tiana Beach, but Mr. Schneiderman said that because that beach is narrower there than at Ponquogue, and also surrounded by more residences, he would rather focus on Ponquogue for now.

“I do think it’s worth it. I think it will really support the Hampton Bays area in so many ways,” Mr. Schneiderman said of his plans for Ponquogue Beach. “I think a lot of town residents who aren’t from Hampton Bays will go and use it. I think it’s a worthwhile investment.”

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Don't commercialize our beaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Toma Noku (582), Southampton on Mar 22, 16 1:55 PM
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Hmmm- wonder who would get that "private vendor" operating contract.. at OUR oceanfront beach? (wink-wink)
check, please!
By Lion (255), southampton on Mar 22, 16 5:06 PM
You can take the man out of Montauk but you can't take Montauk out of the man . . .

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (234), Sag Harbor on Mar 22, 16 3:00 PM
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no way one penny of OUR MONEY should be spent to build anything on the ocean beach!!!!
By bigfresh (3015), north sea on Mar 22, 16 5:13 PM
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Im sorry didn't the town purchase Neptune Beach club 2-3 years ago at a price of appx 4 million dollars? Wasn't the reason for this purchase about protecting the wetlands and to satisfy the complaints about the noise? Seems like the same thing just a couple miles down the road
By GoldenBoy (324), EastEnd on Mar 22, 16 5:17 PM
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These are the reasons why we needed checks and balances in the last special election. This guy is going to do whatever he wants, and whenever he wants. These people just keep on ruining HB. It's disgusting. Lofstad where are you on this? You made a lot of promises to the people in HB now back it up. Save our beaches not build on them. This makes me want to vomit.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Mar 22, 16 6:51 PM
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Ponquogue Beach is busy all summer, it has been in the nearly 40 years I've been there, with no decline. This sounds like a solution in search of a problem. Make smarter investments elsewhere that bring in revenue for HB that doesn't currently exist.
By hblc (25), Hampton Bays on Mar 22, 16 11:23 PM
You can't get a parking spot at Ponquogue on weekends. No need for a restaurant. I agee with Lion.....this is a patronage scam.
By HB90 (138), southampton on Mar 22, 16 11:52 PM
Well, well so much for the Southampton progressives and their anti development rhetoric..Watch what we do not what we say...
By Toma Noku (582), Southampton on Mar 23, 16 12:09 AM
I actually think this is a great idea. Its far enough from homes, its a great wide beach and it will be a nice amenity for many.
By Summer Resident (209), Southampton N.Y. on Mar 23, 16 1:21 AM
This should be put to the voters in HB in next fall's general election. If the residents are not behind it, it should be scrapped.
By aging hipster (130), Southampton on Mar 23, 16 5:28 AM
The town can hire Harendra Singh. (google him or do a search on Newsday) We know how well "privately" run concession contracts worked out for Nassau County. Perhaps Mr. Schneiderman needs to make good on some behind the scenes promises he made to those who pull the strings to get him elected. It's all pay to play on Long Island.
By Babyboo (209), Hampton Bays on Mar 23, 16 7:21 AM
Julie Lofstead can't be for this? The people of Hampton Bays should get a statement out of her that she is against it and for spending money on down town main street first..
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Mar 23, 16 1:51 PM
Improving the pavilion is a great idea and long overdo. Expanding the current grimy concession stand is needed and the revenue it generates would cover the cost of the renovation and could actually generate revenue for the Town. There is no down side at all to this great idea.
By Bayman (6), Hampton Bays on Mar 24, 16 11:32 AM
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... absolute home run. Great idea. Developing and making better that which should be developed for the good of the people.
By William Rodney (464), southampton on Mar 24, 16 1:42 PM
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Ask the restaurent owners about running a business. Why compete with out taxpayers.
Town owned building, no painting, maintinance etc. Great deal...
By knitter (894), Southampton on Mar 24, 16 3:49 PM
Harumph.

This is exactly what I expected from our newly elected Carpetbagger Supervisor. How about just cleaning up the snack bar and offering better food. No need to take business from the restaurants in the Hamlet of Hampton Bays. Or from Oaklands...

So much for the anti development team of Schniederman, Lofstad and Burl Ives. Oops, I meant Bouvier.
By Draggerman (684), Southampton on Mar 24, 16 9:33 PM
If you want to take a look at a great community beach with a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch etc. go to the following web site
Www.marcocivic.com/paradise-grill/
The facility services Marco Island Residents Beach. The building also has clean restrooms and a stage that is used for community concerts at the beach. The beach is groomed every day during the season to ensure it is clean and well maintained. You must buy a residents pass to use the beach and it's parking lot.
The ...more
By Ernie (70), Hampton Bays on Mar 25, 16 10:02 AM
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By Ernie (70), Hampton Bays on Mar 25, 16 10:03 AM
The septic system will have to be expanded and upgraded. Do we really want a much larger septic system right on the beach? There are already two or three restaurants at the inlet. This money could be used for other things like improving road run off into bio swales, rain gardens and other things to clean up the bays. Where is the public mandate? Can all of you write to the representatives mentioned here?
By AL (59), southampton on Mar 26, 16 7:12 PM
Didn't the Town just blow a ton of tax payer cash to buy Neptune's? Now my kid doesn't have his bar back job in the summer. What a waste?
By Gillnetter (77), Hampton Bays on Mar 28, 16 9:48 PM
I hope your baby survives
By dogfacejones (78), Southampton on Mar 30, 16 7:43 AM
I hope this serves as a great eatery for those visiting the museum
By BaymenNYC (57), Manhattan on Apr 2, 16 8:48 AM
Neptunes was purchased with cpf money and is being restored into a life saving station. Cpf can purchase for open space and also historical structures. So if a restaurant went into that property then there would be a major no no.
By H2O (83), easthampton on Apr 4, 16 9:17 PM
And what about the Hot Dog Beach/Hampton Beach Club property? That has a huge septic system in place that was used for less than a season by the restaurant that burned down there. Another property that the Town has taken off the tax rolls on a great beach and allowed to lie fallow.

Amazing how so many properties the Town has done this to even though the master plan says the Resort Waterfront Business zoning they all held is essential to the well-being of the Town.
By VOS (1008), WHB on Apr 4, 16 9:49 PM
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