|Posted by joan on July 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Issue of 2017: Montauk Airport
The video above is a montage of take-offs and landings at East Hampton Airport. If we're not careful, this could be Montauk. Here's why.
As we all know, there has been an ongoing effort to restrict and eliminate fixed wing and helicopter traffic at the East Hampton Airport, primarily led by a group of East Hampton citizens who own property in the immediate vicinity. These efforts have the support of the EH Town Board, and the issue is currently working its way through the courts.
Recently the situation has become more alarming in terms of the very real threat to Montauk. The legal efforts underway will not provide a solution to the airport problem. Flights are not going to stop. The economic imperative dictates that they will simply land and take-off in Montauk instead, which does nothing but transfer the problem from one community to another. This has the potential of causing unprecedented harm and possibly irreparable damage to our precious village. In the 2016 Montauk Property Owners Survey, 99% of respondents stated their most precious civic
For more information, read "The View from Montauk" which reflects Montauk United's position, as of 12/10/16, and which has not changed.
Find out more about this issue on the Montuauk United website.
|Posted by joan on September 15, 2014 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
East Deck Motel conversion
This is an update to an e-mail of Sept. 11, 2014 that was sent to members regarding the ED40 issue.
As of late Friday afternoon, September 12th the ED40 has requested an adjournment of next Wednesdays , September 17th hearing on the proposal to build a membership club at the site of the former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plains. The attorney for ED40 notified East Hampton Town that they intend to return with a revised proposal but are also talking to The Town about possibly selling the 4 acre parcel for preservation.
We will keep you apprised of happenings as they unfold.
|Posted by joan on August 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hello all, we thought it would be good to let MBPOA members know about the concerns this community might have over the ED40 Redevelopment of East Deck Motel in Ditch Plains.
More informatioin from the newly formed Ditch Plains Association
You will find more information on The Ditch Plains Association website regarding the development plans of the ED40, LLC., and the purchaser of the iconic East Deck Motel.
If you wish to add you name to a petition to deny ED40's Special Permit, or require a NY State mandated Environmental Impact Statement due to the negative environmental impact, you may View and Sign the petition here.
More information and the view point from Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) organization.
Here is a press release put out by the Concerned Cities of Montauk,
or read the notification sent to CCOM members
Dear Concerned Citizen,
A large scale redevelopment application for the former East Deck Motel property adjoining the ocean beach in Ditch Plains is raising serious questions about possible environmental and community impacts.
Concerned Citizens of Montauk has conducted an extensive review of the application. The proposal raises more questions than it answers pointing to the need for the most stringent review possible under New York State environmental law. CCOM believes the best interests of the community and the environment can only be served through the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. Such a review will provide the community and decision makers a public, transparent means of fully vetting the proposal and evaluating specific concerns associated with this application.
Preliminary filings with the East Hampton Town Planning Department propose to transform the 28 unit East Deck Motel into a 179-member "private membership club." The application, backed by an anonymous owner or ownership group known only as ED40, proposes to:
More than double the building coverage on the 4.14 acre parcel Create a new, two-story 30,000-plus square-foot clubhouse with a bar and food service Build a 7,224 square-foot swimming pool Retrofit existing hotel units for use as a cafe, spa and game room Build over 5,000 square feet of additional outdoor decking Nearly triple the legally-existing parking from 36 spaces to 100 spaces As proposed, the club would require:
A septic system designed to handle the waste of 537 people, with a daily flow of 5,171 gallons Addition of an estimated 3,661 cubic yards of soil to elevate the septic system above ground water Construction of "below grade" (underground) parking beneath the clubhouse ED40's proposal raises concerns over likely impacts to the already compromised ground water and surface waters surrounding Ditch Plains, much of which flows north to Lake Montauk. There are also serious questions regarding increases in traffic and noise and the possible limiting of public access to the beach. More broadly, ED40's proposal raises questions about impacts from expanded development in a vulnerable, low-lying coastal zone. These concerns are underlined by the impacts of Hurricane Sandy which, just two years ago, flooded the East Deck property, leaving more than a foot of water for several days following the storm.
CCOM is fully engaged in evaluating the ED40 application. Our team of professional environmental, planning and legal experts is committed to ensuring the community is fully included and that possible environmental impacts are understood and addressed.
While not yet confirmed, the East Hampton Town Planning Board is tentatively scheduled to review the ED40 proposal at Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday, September 10th. CCOM will keep our members and the community posted about a confirmed meeting date and time. Please be advised, this first meeting will likely be limited to a preliminary discussion mapping the application review process. The public may not get to speak until a subsequent public hearing which is required by law. Interested community members, however, are encouraged to participate fully in the Planning Board review process, starting with the first meeting. CCOM will be fully engaged in the review of the ED40 application at each step along the way, advocating for effective environmental review and protection.
|Posted by joan on May 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
The town of East Hampton Planning Department has issued new regulations regarding outdoor lighting. You can find out more by reading this pdf " What homeowners need to know about East Hampton's new smart lighting law" East Hampton has adopted new outdoor lighting regulations. Just a few simple changes in how we light our Town will made a big difference.
You might want to find out more about "The Dark Sky Society"
"The Dark Sky Society welcomes you. Our members support educational and legislative efforts to eliminate light pollution.Light pollution is defined as: Glare, light trespass, and light which is reflected into the night sky, contributing to sky glow, through the use of unshielded, misplaced, excessive, or unnecessary outdoor night lighting.
By eliminating light pollution, we can conserve energy, reduce glare and light trespass while maintaining our desirable community character, safeguarding our wildlife in their natural environment, and restoring our view of the starry night sky."
|Posted by joan on January 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM||comments (2)|
Memorial Plaque in remembrance of Bob Lamparter placed at Webster lookout
A memorial plaque in remembrance of Bob Lamparter (1936-2013) has been placed at the Webster lookout, on the cliff overlooking the beach. The inscription reads:
IN REGOGNITION OF HIS LOVE FOR MONTAUK
HIS COMMITMENT TO ITS PRESERVATION
AND HIS MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF
DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO
THE MONTAUK BEACH PROPERTY OWNERS
ASSOCIATION AND THE MONTAUK COMMUNITY.
HE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON
~ IN THIS PLACE ~
AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FONDLY
IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
This was one of Bob's favorite spots, where he could look out over the beach and admire the pristine setting, and which all of us continue to enjoy.
He never would have felt he deserved such an honor, and yet that was the very thing that made him "Montauk Bob." We will all remember him, for who he was, and for what he represented.
We wish to thank Mike Vecchia for making the arrangements for the plaque, and Jim Grimes for kindly donating the boulder and placing it in such a beautiful place.
|Posted by John Stikeman on December 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
November 26, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy’s devastating destruction of our shoreline shows, naturecontinues to demonstrate a callous disregard for property rights and human life— especially in low-lying coastal areas. Adding insult to injury, any hardstructures placed to protect individual properties have an inevitable and toxicside effect: they cause the destruction of public and private property nearthem.
So, while it is certainly understandable that individual owners of low-lyingcoastal property are frantic to protect their at-risk buildings given nature’shorrifying attacks on them, it is also understandable that all of Montauk isconcerned when a wall of septic rings appears on a public beach. Why is this acommunity issue, one might ask — because every location where hard structureshave been installed has inflicted severe damage to neighboring properties andhas eroded public beaches.
The expanded jetties and the bulkheads along Soundview Drive caused thedestruction of the Culloden waterfront properties. The armoring of the oceanfrontage at the trailer park condominiums resulted in erosion of both the beachand dunes to the west that had, at least until Sandy, protected the East DeckMotel. The jetty to the west of the East Deck has caused the deepening of theDitch Plain cove and the erosion of the dunes in front of the houses alongDeforest Street.
The Town of East Hampton is not ignorant of the forces of nature and theirmerciless effects. It spent almost 10 years preparing a plan, the LocalWaterfront Revitalization Plan, or L.W.R.P., that was finally approved by NewYork State and that in turn gave the town — not the state — the right to governour local waters and beaches. This law clearly recognizes the short andlong-term danger hard structures pose to the health of our coastal resourcesand the property rights of neighbors.
So now what? Increased erosion, climate change, and sea level rise are facts.Outrage and denial are not planning tools. If short-term emergency measurestaken by individual property owners are allowed to devolve into a de facto,long-term “plan,” our precious beaches will be replaced by sandless, walledfortresses. If this should happen, the entire Montauk residential and businesscommunity will suffer.
What is needed is a plan that recognizes the new realities and natural forces.It must take into consideration everything from the financial threat faced byoceanfront and harbor business owners to the value of every home in Montauk.
Nature is what it is, not what we wish it to be. It is utterly indifferent to adebate on whether or not an individual “ought to have the right” to defendtheir property by any means they choose. That being said, while nature isindifferent, it doesn’t mean that we have to be.
C.C.O.M. believes that people of good will can face the facts together anddesign a sustainable future for Montauk and every person who works here, liveshere, or just visits for a day.
Concerned Citizens of Montauk
|Posted by John Stikeman on December 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Notice from the East Hampton Town Police Department.
Recently our area has been the target of criminal activity. The East Hampton Town Police Department is currently investigating several Larceny and Trespass cases in our area and needs your help. Plese be certain that all valuables are secured in a safe location. Please lock your doors and vehicles. Please report all suspicious activity to the East Hampton Town Police Department immediately.
East Hampton 631-537-7575
Montauk precinct 631-668-3709
|Posted by joan on August 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
It’s the End of the End as We Know it, and We Don’t Feel Fine
Posted on August 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm
A rant about our favorite brand and hometown, Montauk, NY...
Brands evolve. Places change. Even people are capable of great transformation. But what we’re experiencing out here in Montauk is a seismic shift. How did our beloved sleepy fishing village known for being “too far away” and famous for it’s raw beauty, laid back vibe, great surf and “real authentic characters” become the overcrowded playground of the Fedorables?
Ok, you’re thinking, they’ve got no right to rant, they haven’t been here all that long… only 10 and 25 years respectively. (Then again, it is our blog, so we’ve got every right.) Four thousand years ago, the Montaukets were the original locals (Lawrence Cook’s line, not ours). Dutch explorer Adrian Block got here in the 1600’s, and in the 1700’s some ranchers set up the Old Montauk Highway and grazed livestock on the Montauk Peninsula. (Our office overlooks the first cattle ranch in America, which sadly may now become Mickey Drexler’s “fantasy garden,” but we digress.)
Most people know Carl Fisher, the developer of Miami Beach, tried to turn Montauk into Miami Beach North in the 1920’s. He laid out the town, built the golf course, the school (with the best view in the world,) the Manor, the tall office building in town, indoor tennis courts, the Surf Club the Yacht Club, and gambling casino on Star Island. But, when the Market crashed in1929 so did his dreams. Who knows, maybe locals were relieved?
Fast forward to the 1960’s when “Leisurama” summer homes, (furnished right down to the avocado refrigerators and matching couches) were sold in the Sear’s Catalogue.
From the start, the culture of this town was blue collar families, guys who loved to fish, with an influx of nature-loving, artistic types. And of course, the crazies. After all, this is the End! The last stop. The drinking town with a fishing problem. Maybe they raised an eyebrow when folks like Andy Warhol and eventually his pal Mick Jagger discovered Montauk in the 70’s. (How did Andy get here?) Tina Fredericks says she was showing him property in East Hampton, but when they went a bit further and came upon the tacky Ronjo Motel and the Memory, Andy fell hard and fast and bought the Church Estate. (The Ronjo is now the swanky Beach House with rooms over $700/night and coffee for $20/lb and the Church Estate is Mickey Drexler’s home, replete with guards to keep errant hikers from trespassing).
The 70’s also brought a boatload of surfers, back when soul surfing ruled and folks would do anything to live here and surf. (Before the Internet, that meant banging nails, bar tending, mowing lawns… whatever it took.) Blue Moon Saloon was the first surf bar, later taken over Rick’s Crabby Cowboy. Big Craig and Little Craig owned Sunset Saloon until Navy Beach took it over. Dave Markley opened Dave’s in 1987 (Now next door to the former Salivar’s and Lenny’s which recently became the unfortunately named Swallow East.) Caswell’s and then Harvest arrived and took over the Boat House in 1999 and Montauk had gourmet food. So the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s brought a fun-loving surf culture to town and a few more upscale joints, but nothing diluted the raw, funky Montaukness!
DeNiro bought a house over 20 years ago. Julianne Moore 5 years ago, but even the bold faced names didn’t radically change the brand essence. And then Surf Lodge opened (remember Lakeside). It racked up over $100,000 in fines (charges included having no building permit, no certificate of occupancy, no site plan approval, illegal clearing of wetlands, property maintenance violations, and overcrowding, but new owners threw money at the problem and were able to make the charges go away, the traffic, however, hasn’t.) Ruschmeyer’s opened last year with neighbors complaining of hipsters peeing on their lawns. Maybe if you don’t live here, you don’t care how your neighbors feel about you. That’s not our Montauk. Montauk’s essence has always been about community, about taking care of each other. (Big kudos and thank yous to Dave and Cindi Ceva who own Sole East, support many local charities and a shout out to Leyla Marchetto of Navy Beach who owns a home here with her fiancé, and is all about giving back.)
We’ve always had summer people – Montauker’s called them tourons. But we all got along. Now, with the fedorkas instagramming the whole world about the fabulousness of it all, driving around in Range Rovers and Cayennes piled high with the longest boards we’ve ever seen, Montauk is perilously close to becoming a Hampton. And don’t ask us about trying to surf…it’s Kooky dangerous! This place was never about ostentatious posing. It was about flying below the radar, (literally). Mick Jagger didn’t come here to spend $14 on a glass of white wine at the Crow’s Nest, he and Bianca hung at the Shagwong. Even five years ago “local” businesses hired locals (and Irish kids) and stayed open in September and October so real locals could get a table. And they priced their food so we all could afford and enjoy it. (A big shout out to ENE for the $15 prix fix dinner they serve all winter long to keep locals happy and loyal, and keep their staff employed all year long!)
Ok, we’re almost done. But here’s a question for you: Is it possible the Montauk brand is being undermined by it’s own popularity? There’s even a shop in town selling T-shirts with “fake logos” of iconic places… retro chic tees that, well, aren’t the real thing but seem like it. (We prefer Whalebone, a shop that sells authentic local tee shirts, designed by surfers who grew up here.) Maybe from May to September Montauk is hip, young, raucous, cool and the place to see and be seen. But we truly believe the real Montauk is still community, family, fishing, nature, trails, surfing and raw beauty. Fortunately, the brand and our favorite place in the world will be restored to its authentic nature, in just about 6 weeks. We will see you on the beach then!
Lynn and Jill
|Posted by joan on May 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM||comments (3)|
Your invoice for 2012 dues will be sent out before the end of April. Please, as soon as you get the invoice make payment.. We take care of this on our own time. Help us by being prompt! General membership dues $50.00. If you would like a key and a parking permit for OUR parking areas, the cost is $20 for a total of $70 made out to MPBOA. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
|Posted by joan on May 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
Register to vote in Montauk - - it counts big here!
It is also important that you register to vote in Montauk. Your vote carries a lot more weight out here on the island than back in a large municipal community. Consider moving your registration to Montauk and make a difference. You only need to be registered for 30 days prior to the election. After the election you can move your registration back. To access the voter registration form and find our more, link to the New York voter registration site.