This week, Sag Harbor Village Mayor Brian Gilbride authorized Saskas Surveying Company of East Hampton to survey village property adjacent to the Sag Harbor Yacht Club after the yacht club sent a letter to the village last week asking the board of trustees to sign off on a lease and take liability for a lone floating dock Gilbride said he believed was always village property.
In a survey submitted by the yacht club for the removal of old fuel storage tanks earlier this year, the property line between the yacht club and the village ends at the handicap parking space next to the floating dock, which is to the right of the entrance ramp to the boat basin. However, Gilbride said the yacht club has furnished title work and an older survey that shows they own the floating dock, often used by those bringing their boat into or out of the basin.
Village attorney Fred W. Thiele, Jr. is examining those records, said Gilbride.
Making the situation even more complicated, Gilbride pulled the official county map, which shows the village actually owns property extending past the ramp and floating dock and into the adjacent parking area. On Wednesday morning, Gilbride counted five yacht club slips that are waterfront to that land, and if the county map proves to be true, would technically be village property as well.
Gilbride stressed no matter the outcome of the Saskas survey and the title work the village itself has ordered, he expects the situation will ultimately be resolved amicably.
“The yacht club has been a good neighbor to Sag Harbor,” he said. “This is just not clear. Property lines are here and there depending on what you are looking at. When we get the survey back we will sit with them as good neighbors and work it out.”
“It’s just a question of finding out the facts,” added trustee Tim Culver, saying the situation varies greatly from other property disputes Sag Harbor has contended with as of late, in particular the ongoing battle with the Hastings family about the ownership of what village officials deem a right of way and access to the water for village residents on Notre Dame Road.