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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1990668

History Should Stand

Let me get this straight: The Sag Harbor chief of police wants to end closing down Bay Street once a week for a couple of hours when the community band plays at the VFW — the custom for years — because of the increased traffic and rudeness of summer people.

Meanwhile, the village has been open to a passenger ferry (which requires that you leave your car somewhere) that makes several daily trips. Only Greenport’s refusal to allow said ferry to dock has prevented this further clogging of our streets.

I need to go to the beach! But wait — I live on the wrong side of the village, the East Hampton side, where a sizable chunk of the population has long been ignored by town and village officials for reasons that go back centuries.

I can no longer park at Sagg Main, the beach I’ve been using for more than four decades, because Southampton is under the influence of someone who doesn’t understand, or give a whit, about historic precedent going back to pre-Revolutionary times that allowed all Sag Harbor residents to use the closest ocean beach with lifeguards: Sagg Main, the beloved Sagg Main. Which is located in the Town of Southampton. The seasonal fee for those of us on the east side of Division Street to use Sagg Main is $350, or $30 a visit.

To avoid these hefty fees, I must join those on already clogged roads with angry drivers and drive to Amagansett and find a different beach, one I have never been to in more than the four decades I’ve lived here, and where I’m unlikely to run into my friends.

Hey, guys, can’t you work out some kind of deal? Centuries of custom should stand.

Lorraine Dusky

Sag Harbor