Atlantic Golf Club Expansion May Need DEC Permit To Protect Tiger Salamander - 27 East

Real Estate News

Real Estate News / 1394426

Atlantic Golf Club Expansion May Need DEC Permit To Protect Tiger Salamander

icon 1 Photo
After 23 years of selling a special blend of coffee at her Sag Harbor furniture store Sylvester & Co., Lynda Sylvester and her new business partner Vivian Polak are branching out and bottling the brew for a good cause. BRANDON B. QUINN

After 23 years of selling a special blend of coffee at her Sag Harbor furniture store Sylvester & Co., Lynda Sylvester and her new business partner Vivian Polak are branching out and bottling the brew for a good cause. BRANDON B. QUINN

author on Oct 30, 2018

The former director of the East Hampton Town Natural Resources Department is taking issue with a proposed expansion of the Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, saying the club hasn’t taken the appropriate steps to protect endangered eastern tiger salamanders that live in nearby wetlands.

In 1990, Larry Penny was part of a team hired to complete an extensive environmental study of the then-proposed 204-acre golf course, when he discovered a population of tiger salamanders. Southampton Town Planning Board members at the time approved the golf course on the condition that the club conserve protected wetlands at the site.

However, in October, the Planning Board made no mention of the tiger salamander when members ruled that a proposal to construct a teaching facility and expand the golf club’s driving range, which will require the relocation of some wetlands flora and fauna, would have no environmental impact under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

“Things are getting a little sloppy in the town,” said Mr. Penny, who is a resident of Noyac.

According to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, if work proposed by the golf club is within 1,000 feet of a pond that is known to be a breeding ground for the tiger salamander, a Threatened and Endangered Species Taking permit would be needed.

Officials from the Atlantic Golf Club could not be reached for comment, but the need for the permit was news to Tony Panza, the architect hired for the wetlands relocation project.

“I don’t think there was anything discussed about the tiger salamander,” Mr. Panza said. He noted that he’s still waiting on marching orders from the town on how to proceed after the last meeting—presumably working toward site plan approval from the Planning Board.

In October, Mr. Penny brought the proposal to the attention of the DEC. Officials said they have reached out to Southampton Town to alert them of the requirement.

“If we need to do it, we’ll do it,” Mr. Panza said.

Mr. Penny said he recalls finding a tiger salamander nearly three decades ago near an existing freshwater pond to the northwest, where the wetlands are being relocated.

As part of the proposed wetlands relocation, a catch-and-release program is being considered for turtles and frogs that live in the area. The town typically requires a maintenance agreement to monitor the progress of wildlife and replanting of native flora.

You May Also Like:

One-Time Summer Home Of Mets Owner Steve Cohen Sells For $23 Million In East Hampton

A 2-acre East Hampton estate with a recently expanded 9,795-square-foot residence recently sold for an ... 22 Jun 2021 by Staff Writer

East End Community Housing Fund Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.’s bill to allow the five East End towns to establish Community Housing Funds — like the Community Preservation Fund but for affordable housing initiatives — has passed in both houses of the State Legislature and now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature or veto. The legislation would permit towns to use Community Housing Fund proceeds to provide financial assistance to first-time homebuyers for up to 50 percent of the purchase price and would allow towns to underwrite the production of housing for sale or rent. The money could also be used for ... by Brendan J. O’Reilly

The Latch Southampton Village Recognized For Historic Preservation

Vision Long Island recently awarded the Beechwood Organization, one of the biggest builders in New ... by Staff Writer

A Flash In The Pan Or The New Normal?: Hamptons Real Estate Pros Examine Lasting Effects Of The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the nature of the Hamptons real estate market and ... 16 Jun 2021 by Brendan J. O’Reilly

OLA To Help East End Residents Gain Access To Rental Assistance

Suffolk County has designated OLA of Eastern Long Island to help East End residents gain access to rental and utilities assistance through New York State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The relief is available to low- and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and includes help for paying back rent, future rent and overdue utility bills. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program also includes a method for the landlord to apply directly. Either way, payments will be sent directly to landlords. “Immigrant community members, especially if they are undocumented, can be extremely vulnerable to exploitation by landlords,” said ... 14 Jun 2021 by Staff Writer

Circa 1860 Sag Harbor Home Renovation And Staging Celebrates House’s History

Where thoughtful renovation and designer staging meet in the hot Sag Harbor housing market, a ... by Brendan J. O’Reilly

Bridgehampton South-Of-The-Highway Traditional Sells For Nearly $10 Million

A traditional gambrel-style residence south of the highway in Bridgehampton recently sold for $9.79 million ... by Staff Writer

Rose Hill Road Estate By Lifton-Green, Raymond Renault Sells For $14.9 Million

A 4.25-acre traditional estate by Lifton-Green Builders and architect Raymond Renault completed in 2019 in ... by Staff Writer

New Signed Home Contracts Up Year-Over-Year For 12th Month In A Row

In May 2020, New York State social distancing mandates prohibited in-person real estate showings with ... 8 Jun 2021 by Staff Writer

New Build In Bridgehampton Designed By Bates Masi Sells With $25 Million Price Tag

A brand new waterfront residence in Bridgehampton by Bates Masi + Architects and Breitenbach Builders ... by Staff Writer
logo

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported
Send this to a friend