Can You Hear Us Now? - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2115689

Can You Hear Us Now?

The future use of the former Bel-Aire Cove Motel property hangs in the balance. Will Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman hear his constituents, or will he continue to be deaf to residents? Will he continue to disregard the recommendations of the Suffolk County Planning Commission and Southampton Town Planning Board, because he knows better than experts?

Despite public outcry in 2019 and the currently ongoing petition campaign that has garnered over 1,400 signatures in support of a park with public access, nonmotorized kayak/canoe launch and even a small dog park, our town supervisor, Jay Schneiderman, has given residents of the Town of Southampton only two options: condos and more condos.

Supervisor Schneiderman’s legacy is to create more condo development regardless of detrimental environmental ramifications. Both planning entities have cited that due to environmental concerns, such as its location in a FEMA flood zone, and excess waste flows, the property should become a park. I support option three: a park with public bayfront access that will restore, protect and preserve our beautiful waters.

Regardless of your opinion on what should become of the Bel-Aire property, you should be enraged at the blatant disregard of all democratic processes.

Be heard.

Come to a rally on Sunday, March 19, to support the preservation of our waters. Rally at 1 p.m. at the former Bel-Aire, 20 Shinnecock Road.

Daria Roulett

Hampton Bays