CAC members present were helped by Town Trustees, Eric Schultz and Fred Havemeyer in their clarifications of the issues involved in the lawsuits concerning the Town Trustees’ authority over beach lands in Southampton Town, as well as over the Town ponds, bays and inlets.
Also present were David List and Todd Brun , representatives of Citizens for Access Rights, (CAS), an activist group that has been trying to get similar protective action concerning public access and usage of the waterways and beaches of East Hampton.
Also on the agenda was Jeff Mansfield’s description of the proposed Mecox Bay Yacht Club trials which offered a striking preview of the problems that residents of the South Fork may face concerning beach access and public activities on the beaches, inlets, and ponds. Members of the CAC who were present rightly pointed out that the threat of lawsuits by beach bordering landowners was ominous because of the huge economic imbalances that exist between town, village, and trustees against the resources available to many of the waterside landowners.
CAC members learned that there seems a severe controversial relationship between the Southampton Town authorities and the Town Trustees. It also appears that there is a reluctance at the village, town, and state levels for anyone to engage in much active opposition to the landowner demands. It appears the governments are reluctant to act for fear of spending rare dollars defending against individual landowners who may engage in lawsuits aimed at protecting their senses of their privacy .
The Chairman have felt the weight of this reluctance by Southampton Town officials to act by the lack of success in their attempts to get a reasonable response from the Town Attorney and from Chris Nuzzi. The CAR members identified similar reactions they have endured from East Hampton authorities when they inquired about similar issues.
Therefore we request the following resolution be approved by the membership of the Bridgehampton for delivery to the Southampton Town Board:
JULY 9 ,2012
A RESOLUTION FROM THE BRIDGEHAMPTON CITIZENS’ADVISORY COMMITTEE
RESOLVED that the Chairmen are authorized to seek an answer from the Town Supervisor’s Office as to whether the Town intends to exercise jurisdiction over the beaches and the portions of the beaches held by Mr. Justice Mayer not to be within the jurisdiction of the Town Trustees. If not, then who does the Town state has such jurisdiction? If the Town states that it has jurisdiction, what agency of the Town will exercise that jurisdiction and what new laws will be required?