Southampton Town Board member Bridget Fleming, Sag Harbor Village Clerk Beth Kamper, Sag Harbor Trustee Kevin Duchemin, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman with resident and businessman David Lee at a ceremony officially handing over ownership of Windmill Beach to Sag Harbor Village on Thursday.
On Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman ceremoniously turned over Windmill Beach to Sag Harbor Village, presenting the deed to the strip of beach between the Lance Corporal Haerter Veterans Bridge and Long Wharf to Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride.
The deed transfer was actually approved by the Suffolk County Legislature in March and the resolution – sponsored by Legislator Schneiderman – signed by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone just days later.
“It should have been done a long time ago,” said Schneiderman on Tuesday. “The property is too important not to be owned and controlled by the village. It really is the heart of the village. It’s where the windmill is, where people gather for the frosty plunge to the whale boat races. It is too linked to Sag Harbor’s identity.”
According to Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride, the county actually deeded the beach to the village in 1984, but failed to follow through on the purchase.
Both Gilbride and Schneiderman said they hope this transfer is a precursor to the county officially handing Long Wharf over to the village after now literal years of debate.
According to Schneiderman, he hopes that resolution will be adopted by the legislature and signed by Bellone by the end of 2012.