How to Get Things Done

Bridgehampton Citizens’ Advisory Committee
How to Get Things Done in Bridgehampton

Where can I get internet access in town?
For what dates do I need a beach parking permit?
I’d like to support our volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corps. How do I help?
I’ve heard that there are great hiking trails in town. Where are they?
There is a noisy summer share house next door. Isn’t this illegal? What can I do?
Can I have a clam bake on the beach?
There is an SUV-eating pothole that just appeared on the road outside my house. Whom do I call?
There is debris on the beach. Who cleans this up? To whom do I report this?

Where can I get internet access in town?
Internet Access is available at Hampton Library on Montauk Highway.  They have three computers for adults and two for children.  Access is free to everyone, but priority is given to Hampton Library cardholders.

For what dates do I need a beach parking permit?
The Department of Parks and Recreation issues beach permits at Town beaches with attendant stands—in the Bridgehampton vicinity at Sagg Main Beach and Mecox Beach.  Permits are no longer available at Town Hall or other offices.
2005 cost is $20 for Town residents and $150 for non-residents.  Residents must show photo ID and proof of residency—either a driver’s license or property tax bill.
Permits are required on attended beaches beginning Memorial Day weekend through September 15, 2005.
I’d like to support our volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corps. How do I help?
The Bridgehampton Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department founded in 1895.  They hold several fundraisers each year and welcome donations.  Look out for signs announcing the big annual community fundraiser each August at the Fire House on School Street.
If you wish to join to fire department or ambulance corps, please contact them at 631-537-0336.
If you wish to send a donation, please mail a check payable to:

Bridgehampton Fire Dept.
PO Box 1280, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

I’ve heard that there are great hiking trails in town. Where are they?
Bridgehampton is filled with dozens of beautiful and sometimes-challenging hiking trails.  Trail locations are the Long Pond Greenbelt, Brick Hill Preserve, Poxabogue Preserve and Sagg Swamp Preserve.
The Southampton Trails Preservation Society runs hikes every Saturday and Sunday morning year round.  Hikes are free and open to the community.  The monthly schedules appears on their site.
Another great source of trail information is Mike Bottini’s new book, The Southampton Press Trail Guide to the South Fork.

There is a noisy summer share house next door. Isn’t this illegal? What can I do?
We always believe that it’s a good idea to contact the homeowner/renters and politely request considerate behavior; but we don’t know of anyone who has had much success with this tactic. The next step would be to call the Police to report the noise (631-728-5000).  Complaints are handled by either the police or the Division of Code Enforcement/Public Safety.
Regarding the disruptive group house, Town Code states that no more than five (5) unrelated adults may occupy a house.  To report a violation, contact the Division of Code Enforcement/Public Safety (631-288-0201).  Their mission is to “receive and act upon complaints from the public regarding quality of life issues.”  They will promptly investigate all complaints. You can also contact them about litter, junked cars, and zoning issues.

Can I have a clam bake on the beach?
Absolutely, but permits are required for events on our beaches.  Permits are issued to Town residents for $20 through the Department of Parks and Recreation. Call for a permit  (631-725-8585).
The application may be made via fax and often, even the day of the event, based on availability.
▪ Residents must show proof of residency—driver’s license or property tax bill
▪ Permits are first-come, first-served based on availability (i.e. the number of events per night are limited.)
Some rules regarding your event:
▪ Events are limited to 6-11 pm
▪ Every car parked at the beach must carry a valid parking permit (yes, even at night)
▪ Contained fires only
▪ No loud music
▪ No alcohol

There is an SUV-eating pothole that just appeared on the road in front of my house. Whom do I call?
Call the Highway Department, weekdays only (631-728-3600). If the situation appears to pose an imminent danger, call the police (631-728-5000).

There is debris on the beach.  Who cleans this up? To whom do I report this?
The Town of Southampton Parks & Recreation maintains and cleans the public beach areas (beach areas near the public access points) and provides some cleanup of the entire shore line, usually only at the beginning of each season. They do not clean the trustee-maintained areas between the designated beaches.

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