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Feb 14, 2018 9:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Grants Extension For North Sea Day Camp's Environmental Review

Feb 14, 2018 9:49 AM

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday voted to give architects more time to complete the environmental study for a zone change at a North Sea tennis camp.

Jay Jacobs, who owns the North Sea facility known as the Southampton Country Day Camp, is seeking to change the use of his facility from a “tennis club and tennis camp” to a “tennis club and day camp.” The one-word change would permit all of the activities already being offered at the facility—including a day camp, as well as tennis, swimming and other sports—and would sidestep challenges in the courts from opponents who argue that the change of use will increase the number of campers, creating more noise and diminishing the water quality of Little Fresh Pond.

Cashin Associates P.C., a Hauppauge-based architectural firm, was contracted by the camp for $36,050 in June 2016 to review the potential environmental impacts that the zone change could have.

The Town Board approved the extension for the completion of the state environmental quality review during its Tuesday meeting at the recommendation of the town’s Department of Land Management. The contract, which was set to expire last month, was extended to December 31, 2018.

The Southampton Country Day Camp property, centered on 17.4 acres near the pond, includes 12 cottages, a cabin, kitchen and dining hall, a residence, clubhouse, basketball court, 10 tennis courts, a swimming pool, parking and decking and patios.

Once the environmental review is complete, the applicant is expected to put together a site plan for the facility upgrades.

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