For a village that has bet so much of its present and future on its past, we were disappointed this week to hear Cee Brown, chairman of the Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, bemoan the fact that homeowners were ignoring the importance of maintaining the historic integrity of their buildings.
For several decades now, the village administration, its boards and organizations like the Sag Harbor Historical Society have beat the preservation drum, and time and time again we have seen it pay dividends. We now have a village that is the envy of our neighbors on Long Island and with a stock of authentically preserved 18th and 19th century homes, local real estate continues to attract discerning buyers, even while reports this week indicate that home prices nationwide are down over 25 percent.
As a community we need to recognize that contributing to that value is the effort preservation-conscious homeowners have put into their homes. For those just buying into the community, or for contractors who may be working in the village for the first time, we recommend visiting the village’s building department where a collection of informative — and award-winning — pamphlets explain the importance of preservation and outline the legal requirements that help to make Sag Harbor the beautiful and valuable village it is.