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Mar 4, 2015 10:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Residents Speak Out Against North Sea Day Camp

Mar 4, 2015 11:28 AM

More than a dozen residents pleaded with the Southampton Town Planning Board last week at a public hearing to take a long, hard look at an application to change the use of the Southampton Country Day Camp in North Sea.

Residents fear that the change of use from a tennis camp to a day camp will increase the number of campers, creating more noise and diminishing the water quality of nearby Little Fresh Pond, as well as the quality of life for the neighbors.

The hearing on Thursday, February 26, invited the public to speak about what should be included in an environmental impact statement for a change of use from a “tennis club/camp” to a “tennis club and camp.” The 17.4-acre camp, officially known as Southampton Racquet Club & Camp, is owned by Jay Jacobs.

Mr. Jacobs is seeking renovations and upgrades as well as the change of use resulting from the minor change in wording. He would keep seven of the 10 tennis courts, as well as other sports courts, and add two pools for a total of three. The plan also calls for removing a well house, a shed and two cottages, renovating a dining hall, and converting another cottage into a health center without adding any square footage to any existing building.

“You have to analyze every single source of noise on the property,” Foster Mayer, vice president of the Little Fresh Pond Association and a North Sea resident, said at the hearing. “Be thoughtful—this will have a significant impact on a very important natural resource for the entire community,” he told the Planning Board.

Other speakers said they were concerned about Little Fresh Pond, which is on the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s list of threatened waters. They also asked the board to consider the risk of adding nitrogen to the pond and the impact on traffic on the area.

“We were not surprised by any of the comments,” Mr. Jacobs said after the hearing. “We are going to be very thorough in our analysis.

“I want to be crystal clear,” he continued, “The neighbors are correct, the pond is in a precarious state, but no neighbors said the pond is polluted because of the existence of the camp to date.”

Dennis Finnerty, chairman of the Planning Board, ended the hearing after about 90 minutes and opened a written comment period that will close on Friday, March 20.

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these people are still whining about nitrogen ? Have they all stopped fertilizing their waters edge lawns with nitrogen loaded fertilizer? what a bunch of idiot hypocrites
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Mar 14, 15 7:17 AM
Jay Jacobs is the contemptible predator who filed a $65 million SLAPP lawsuit (dismissed at trial) against two local North Sea homeowners in an attempt to muscle them into keeping their mouths shut about their objections to his proposed expansion.

The alterations that he envisions are a cancerous metastasis of the purpose for which the site is permitted that will massively expand usage and that will inject tons of waste into the watershed.
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His application should be denied for ...more
By highhatsize (4216), East Quogue on Mar 14, 15 8:22 AM
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Does anyone know where these two new pools are to placed within his camp site???
By Woodhouse Park (2), Southampton on Nov 2, 15 8:03 AM