By Claire Walla
After a series of heated discussions last fall concerning plans to create a small sailing club on the site of the old Mecox Yacht Club, the issue was presented to Southampton Town Council members last Tuesday, January 11, with surprisingly little debate.
Assistant town attorney Katie Garvin informed the board that a full environmental assessment of the area has been completed and chief environmental analyst Marty Shea has reviewed the area to examine the wetlands that would be affected should such a project be implemented.
The next step is to apply for a wetlands permit through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), something Garvin suggests the town take on.
“We are looking at options and alternatives with the goal of reducing site disturbance,” Shea said at the meeting. ”The DEC will work closely with us in developing a plan for the site.”
The issue will get a three-month hiatus, during which time town officials will assess the environmental assessment and decide whether or not to proceed with plans to secure a wetlands permit.