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Nov 10, 2017 12:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Trustees Threaten Legal Action Over Southampton Village Lettered Roads

The Southampton Town Trustees threatened legal action to reclaim the lettered roads that were sold to Southampton Village for $10 in 1956. GREG WEHNER
Nov 13, 2017 5:03 PM

The Southampton Town Trustees have threatened legal action against the Village of Southampton in a letter demanding that the seven “lettered roads” along Meadow Lane be cleared and opened for people to access the beach.

The Trustees, who once had responsibility for the roads—each of which bears a letter of the alphabet as a name—also demanded that the roads be paved with a material like crushed shells to allow cars to get through without sinking into the sand, and that all parking restrictions on Meadow Lane and the roads themselves be lifted to allow people to park and cross over the dune to get to the beach.

“I think it’s disappointing we received that letter from them,” Village Trustee Nancy McGann said at a Village Board meeting on Thursday, November 9, referring to the letter received in October. “I feel it’s a horrible thing they’re doing. It’s a horrible approach.”

In 1956, the Town Trustees deeded the lettered roads to the Village of Southampton for a mere $10. Written into the deed was a reverter clause to ensure that the seven roads, Road A through Road G, were always available for the public to access the beach.

The letter that was sent to the Village Board—dated October 16 and written by the Trustees’ attorney, Steven Stern of the Carle Place-based law firm of Sokoloff Stern LLP—said the village did not comply with the agreement.

“In doing so, the village has effectively restricted or denied public access to the beach,” the letter read. “The Alphabet Roads (excluding Road D) are largely overgrown and, in some cases largely impassible.”

Not only have the roads become overgrown, but the neighboring property owners have encroached onto the roads, preventing the public from being able to use the roads to get to the beach, the Trustees have charged.

In the letter, Mr. Stern said the Trustees are prepared to take legal action if the village does not comply with the terms by January 1.

Over the past year, the Trustees and Village Board have been visited by members of the Southampton Association For Beach Access, asking for help in keeping the roads open. SABA members even asked the Trustees to reclaim the lettered roads, saying the village allowed the roads to become overgrown.

Since then, village officials have partially cleared the roads and labeled them with street signs to let people know their locations. But the efforts weren’t enough, according to the Trustees.

“The letter is somewhat disappointing,” Mr. Irving said at last week’s meeting, noting that the village did so much to the roads.

He added that the roads weren’t opened to the 50 or so feet that they could be opened up to but were clear enough for cars to be able to pass.

Town Trustee Scott Horowitz confirmed that the Trustees were threatening legal action, but only because a judge may need to get involved to find out if the agreement that was made in the 1950s was adhered to. He added that the Trustees have offered to meet with the Village Board members to discuss options and that the two sides hope to get together, but no date for a meeting has been set.

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It's about time !! The Village has violated the terms of the deed transfer and the reversion clause , which contains the phrase" AUTOMATICALLY shall revert to the party of the first part" clearly states that they have forfeited ownership. Get on with it Trustees.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 10, 17 5:35 PM
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Bravo!
By bambi (64), bridgehampton on Nov 10, 17 6:51 PM
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Trustees erred in giving it to the village years ago, Dumb. Mike closed one off when he was a trustee, now mayor, where are your priorities?
By knitter (870), Southampton on Nov 10, 17 6:52 PM
The deed transfer actually includes a good portion of Meadow Lane, unfortunately 27 doesn't allow posting a link. How about the Press posting up the ENTIRE document, a copy is available at the Trustee office.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 10, 17 7:23 PM
'Southampton Town' website... Trustees minutes book from 1954. Search within document for "quit-claim deed was made the 6th day of August, 1956" - it's all there. Not the clam shells, but the 50' roads. And the take-backsies.
By foodwhiner (112), Southampton on Nov 11, 17 8:14 PM
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The village should adhere to the 1956 agreement and open up the beach access
roads. The beach and seashore of the ocean and bay doesn’t belong to the
select few who own property on Meadow Lane. All the residents of the Town
should have access and be able to enjoy the beautiful venue of Southampton
beaches.
By Jimion (102), Hampton Bays on Nov 11, 17 7:59 AM
If in fact there's going to be a better effort by the village to mark and provide beach access through the lettered "roads" there must be a thoughtful plan developed. The village cannot allow this pristine stretch of Meadow road to be turned into a traffic clogged roadway littered with parked cars and vehicles driving up and down the lettered roads.

In other words, develop a comprehensive plan. Don't just clear the roads, put shells down and hope for the best.
By BillWillConn3 (144), Southampton on Nov 11, 17 9:29 AM
If the village doesn't abide by the agreement, the Trustees will win the open and shut case ,open the roads to their full 50' width and provide the public access to OUR beaches. Additionally they will retake the portion of Meadow Lane described in the transfer and allow parking on both sides. That should be enough leverage to get the Village to do the right thing.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 11, 17 11:38 AM
Pristine green lawns down to the wet lands, polluting our bays.
Their is a beautiful estate on South Main that has natural growth all along Agawam, no cutting, fertilizers or sprays.
Leading by example...
By knitter (870), Southampton on Nov 11, 17 11:15 AM
So glad to hear this. Have been so disappointed with the village concerning beach access, especially Mayor Irving, with the exception of Mr. Hattrick.
By masinmary (4), southampton on Nov 13, 17 8:12 AM
This would be good news .But can anyone clarify if these roads get opened up, is it going to be restricted to village parking stickers or will town permits also be allowed?


By Toma Noku (579), Southampton on Nov 13, 17 9:32 AM
The Village has violated the terms of the deed transfer and the ownership of the roads shall revert to the residents and freeholders of the Town of Southampton , the Village will have NO JURISDICTION, any permitting process will be up to our Trustees.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 13, 17 10:41 AM
I would imagine if the Trustees and Village ever sit down together to discuss this that permits will be a bone of contention
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 13, 17 11:04 AM
I for one would like to see jurisdiction of these beach access road returned to the very qualified Town Trustees
By toes in the water (539), southampton on Nov 13, 17 12:33 PM
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As for parking at these roads town and village sticker owners would be able to park, If it were a joint effort. If the trustees did it, they would have jurisdiction , JMO...
By knitter (870), Southampton on Nov 13, 17 5:28 PM
Road D is the only "letter road" that has been cleared and maintained to the specs of the deed transfer, no permits are required there.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 14, 17 6:26 AM
I don't see why Nancy and Mike are disappointed .. Both were on the board during Epley's rein. They could have stepped up and done something.. ( oh Right ..Mike has put more sand on Road A to prevent further access to the public)
the village has effectively restricted or denied public access to the beach!!!!
Not only have the roads become overgrown, but the neighboring property owners have encroached onto the roads, preventing the public from being able to use the roads to get to the ...more
By Local247 (4), Southampton on Nov 14, 17 8:48 AM
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Southampton had just 2 BIG mistakes to choose from during the last mayoral race. The current mayor is unknown and not a politician. He’s a rich guy who was lucky enough to run against Yaz who has zero business being in civil service.
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 15, 17 5:49 AM
What a comedy of errors. Have you actually spoken to a trustee? Have you spoken to Nancy McGann? These are local yokels with nary a hint of an idea what is outside the range rovered bubble. If there was one single thing the knuckleheads that try to work business from the boards shoukdvall agree upon its the protection of locals’ rights to the shore.

350 years later not one ounce of progress
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 15, 17 5:46 AM
Nancy doesn't get it... Want's to be popular...
By knitter (870), Southampton on Nov 19, 17 12:31 PM
As of yesterday , Sunday November 19, the Village has done nothing more to clear the roads to their full width and abide by the terms of the deed transfer. Let's hope that our Town Trustees will follow through on their promise and take OUR roads back. The ball has been in their court for almost 2 years and all we have received is lip service. There are (were) 2 factions on the Board , splitting it 3/2, 2 were ready to go to court last year but were thwarted by the other 3 who refused to even meet ...more
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 20, 17 6:56 AM
If it’s been 2+ years and they haven’t come through, I have bad news for you. I would expect the same result. Because, there is a word for doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result and you don’t want to be that word.
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 20, 17 7:02 AM
Agreed! They have had plenty of time to address these over grown access roads. The Village trustees have failed to maintain the roads as stated in the deed. Please, do the right thing an simply return the access roads to the Town Trustees, the ORIGINAL keepers of the access roads. Thank you

Long live the beach access roads !
By toes in the water (539), southampton on Nov 20, 17 7:10 AM
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seems as if there is agreement amongst ALL of our Trustees to get on with it.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 20, 17 7:20 AM
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