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Questing for a Safer Summer (7/11/13)

Posted on 12 July 2013

Main Street, Sag Harbor is bustling. Strike that. It’s practically overflowing with visitors and residents, enjoying our restaurants, perusing our shops and enjoying the authenticity that is our village.

For us, like many business owners, this is a welcome sight after a handful of years where the recession kept visitors at bay (to a certain extent) and the growth of Sag Harbor was virtually halted.

For year-round residents, the influx of people into our community in the summer can be somewhat jarring. The busyness, the traffic, the parking, and yes, the occasional rudeness can be maddening. Many of us at The Express grew up in a resort community, and are accustomed to embracing the very real shift that occurs during the summer months. It can be exciting, it can be annoying, but when it truly begins to concern us is when it becomes dangerous.

As a resort community, even year round residents can’t help but feel like we are almost on vacation at the end of a hard-worked summers day — the heat, the call of our oceans, the barbeques. And we have earned it, haven’t we?

We have.

What alarms us each season is not the bad parking jobs, the traffic snaking down Bay Street past the former Bulova building, or being confronted occasionally with the darker side of humanity over where one is seated in a restaurant or how much they tip their server. We grouse, sure, but it is a level of carelessness that becomes the most concerning each summer.

Each year we see a marked increase in the number of driving while intoxicated charges levied by local police departments as the nights get warmer.

The simple truth is our roads are literally clogged with people and between the cellphones, the deer and everything else under the sun, having total wits about you is crucial to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Taxicabs are aplenty. Let’s use them so we can all have a safe, and fun, summer together.

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