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Apr 23, 2019 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Septic Going In At Surf Lodge In Montauk

Work has been proceeding apace in recent weeks on the Surf Lodge's new septic system. KRYIL BROMLEY
May 1, 2019 4:42 PM

A high-tech septic system is going in at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, the work is expected to be finished in a few weeks, and the owners’ hope is that the popular club will be able to open Memorial Day weekend—although with no plans for an opening musical act, and with admission by reservation only on Saturday nights this summer to prevent overcrowding.

Contractors started scrambling to rip out and replace the old septic system on April 1 after securing a building permit in March from East Hampton Town. The new system, for which the parking lot had to be torn up, will employ new nitrogen-reducing units that treat sewage onsite using technology that is fairly new for commercial, rather than residential, use, and is accompanied by 81 concrete “leaching galleys.”

Jayma Cardoso, an owner of the Surf Lodge, called the system top-of-the-line and a vast improvement over the old one, which she said they had wanted to upgrade ever since purchasing the property on Fort Pond more than 11 years ago. Getting approval from all the required levels of government, including the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, took about four and a half years, and the overall project will cost about $1.4 million, she said Friday.

Installing the new septic system was one condition of a 2016 agreement with the town to resolve hundreds of safety and zoning violations, and the Surf Lodge is still waiting for a permit for live music largely because of those violations, which include overcrowding and noise complaints.

“It has gotten to the point where our popularity on Saturdays harms us,” Ms. Cardosa said, adding that the owners had never wanted the Surf Lodge to be “this sort of VIP or guest list type of venue,” but do share the town’s concerns about overcrowding and parking.

“Music is a big part of what we do at Surf Lodge,” she said. “Not having music would probably suck, but wouldn’t stop us from having beautiful dinners.”

Ms. Cardoso and the project contractor, Bill Potabi of CMM Sitework Inc., both said that they’d be under far less pressure now to complete the septic installation if all departments had granted a building permit earlier in the process.

“Now it’s a mad scramble,” Mr. Potabi said on Monday. But he added, “We’re professionals—we’ll get through it.”

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And this is how a pre-existing, non-conforming commercial property gets to expand :"Installing the new septic system was one condition of a 2016 agreement with the town to resolve hundreds of safety and zoning violations ..."
Satisfying 1 condition (albeit a big one) while the "hundreds of safety and zoning violations" are ongoing? Hasn't the owner been in violation of that very agreement by continuing to amass charges every season since entering into it?
This is another example of Sendlenski's ...more
By BonacPlague (11), Gansett on Apr 23, 19 3:50 PM
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