Respect, Repent - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1823397

Respect, Repent

Our sign and American flag were stolen Monday evening, September 27. Enemies of a park think they might shut us down, but that theft hardened our resolve. No housing will be built on 286-290 Three Mile Harbor Road.

We now understand that this land is a strategic Montaukett Indian location where those human beings lived and hunted in harmony with nature for eons. The Montauk Indians were erased, all their land “legally” taken by East Hampton government in 1910; there are scant local examples of their history today. Put a Montaukett Indian on the town seal — respect, repent.

The site, 286-290 Three Mile Harbor Road, is the last open space of size that will ever be available to the local inhabitants; 286 Three Mile Harbor Road is the deer corridor, the herd’s path to Tan Bark Creek wetlands to forage and to move on to denser woodlands.

Our hamlet needs a nature park, a place where people can observe wildlife unmolested, studied for the benefit of future generations. Trails can be established to restrict human trampling of flora and fauna. Perhaps a small children’s park and learning center can be built close to the road.

The Native Americans are gone, but we can save the last vestige of their lives.

I suggested to the East Hampton supervisor that a cell tower be considered on the easternmost, highest elevation (65 feet above sea level) of 286-290 Three Mile Harbor Road. We all have lousy or no cell service. The town should talk to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or hire a company to create a cell service plan for the town and implement a strategy — public safety is at stake. Using Community Preservation Funds for cell service improvement will help everyone across the board in East Hampton.

Clayton Munsey

East Hampton