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Oh Deer! East End Wildlife Groups Plan “No Cull” Rally for Saturday

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By Tessa Raebeck

Plans to unleash federal sharpshooters on the East End deer population have been met with bureaucratic setbacks and vocal opposition, but are moving forward nonetheless.

In coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Long Island Farm Bureau (LIFB) plans to hire USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) sharpshooters to kill deer with high-powered rifles to cull the local herds.

In addition to carrying tick-borne illnesses, causing car accidents and adversely affecting other animal habitats, deer destroy an estimated $3 to $5 million worth of crops annually on the East End, according to Joe Gergela, LIFB executive director.

Gergela said the cull, which will be largely funded by a $200,000 state grant, aims to kill 1,500 to 2,000 deer. All processed meat will go to Island Harvest to feed the hungry on Long Island.

“We felt whatever we did with the grant should be for community as well as farming benefit,” Gergela said Wednesday, adding a cull is crucial to having a successful agricultural industry.

LIFB has asked that villages and towns who want the sharpshooters sign onto the program by committing $15,000 or $25,000, respectively.

The DEC has yet to reveal whether it will require a single permit for the program or make each municipality signing onto the program file individually. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. said Tuesday although many municipalities have expressed interest in joining the program, they don’t want the legal liability of having the permit in their name.

So far, East Hampton Village, Southold Town and the eastern part of Brookhaven Town have signed on.

North Haven Village opted out, but is pursuing its own organized cull.

Sagaponack Village’s participation is contingent on the participation of both East Hampton and Southampton towns.

Southampton Town has thus far stayed mute on the subject — which has been under public discussion since September. Calls to Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst were not returned as of press time.

The East Hampton Town Board, under the previous administration, adopted a deer management plan that included plans for a cull. On Tuesday, however, newly elected Supervisor Larry Cantwell said he was unsure if the town would, in fact, join the LIFB in this initiative.

“At the moment, it’s up in the air,” Cantwell said, adding he would like to see culling on a limited basis and there are advantages to participating, but the town’s decision will be based primarily on the opinions of its residents.

“To some extent,” said Cantwell, “this is happening fairly quickly in terms of building a community consensus moving forward.”

The East Hampton Group for the Wildlife, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons and 13 individuals have filed suit against East Hampton Town, East Hampton Village and the East Hampton Town Trustees.

The lawsuit asks for a temporary restraining order against the town’s deer management plan and specifically, any proposal that calls for an organized cull.

“The lawsuit,” Cantwell said, “is certainly a factor in the decision-making process about this.”

Critics contend little information has been provided to show the cull is truly necessary.

“Killing other beings as a way of solving the problem is abhorrent, unethical and monstrous to me,” said East Hampton Group for the Wildlife President Bill Crain. “These are living beings with families and social lives and emotions, so to kill them just seems like a moral outrage.”

“It’s not about animal cruelty and all the nonsense that the Bambi lovers are spouting,” Gergela said. “If they would sit down and listen to people, they would realize there are no practical solutions other than to hunt or to cull.”

A petition on change.org to stop the “stealth plan to brutally slaughter 5,000 East End deer” had garnered over 10,600 signatures as of press time. In addition to local residents, activists from as far away as Belgium have signed the petition, which calls for the “unethical, ‘quick-fix,’ non-science-based plan” to “immediately cease and desist.”

A rally in protest of the cull will be held Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at the Hook Mill in East Hampton.

Gergela dismissed the opposition as a “vocal minority” of non-locals with “no vested interest other than they enjoy animals and they enjoy their peaceful weekend on Long Island.”

“That’s very nice,” he added, “but for those of us that live here, whether you’re a farmer or a general citizen that’s had an accident, that has Lyme Disease or whatever, everybody says to me, ‘You’re doing a great thing.’”

Local hunters have also expressed their opposition to the cull, arguing if state and local governments lessened hunting restrictions, they themselves could thin the deer population.

Terry Crowley, a lifelong Sagaponack resident whose family has been hunting on the East End for generations, called the cull “a little ridiculous.”

“They should just change a few laws so more deer can be killed,” Crowley said Tuesday.

Thiele is working on legislation that would implement the state deer management plan, which has a number of recommendations to increase hunting opportunities, including expanding the January season to include weekends and allow bow and arrow hunting.

Cantwell voiced his support of such legislation.

“I certainly want to work with the local hunters who want to take deer,” the supervisor said Tuesday, “because I do think that removing some deer from the population on an ongoing basis is necessary to control the population.”

Sagaponack and Bridgehampton Residents Criticize Proposed Changes to Bridge Lane Bridge

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By Tessa Raebeck

Some 30 residents of Sagaponack and Bridgehampton came to the Bridgehampton Community Center last Wednesday night to express their concerns over a project they say will change the face of their home — the rehabilitation of the bridge that gives Bridge Lane its name.

Alex Gregor, highway superintendent for Southampton Town, hosted a public forum on the bridge restoration project, a multi-faceted restoration to improve safety. The project, residents say, has unnecessary changes that, in addition to altering the character of the bridge, will pose greater risk to the pedestrians who use it for crabbing, fishing and swimming.

“That bridge is part of our rapidly vanishing hometown,” said Marilee Foster, a Sagaponack farmer who serves on the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

Lisa Duryea Thayer, a Sagaponack Village trustee, called the project “very offensive to the character of our area.”

Built in 1923, the bridge is not new to controversy. When Suffolk County owned the bridge and attempted to demolish it and replace it with a modern steel structure in the 1980s, residents fought a five-year battle to keep it, culminating successfully in 1988.

“This whole battle,” recalled Donald Louchheim, mayor of Sagaponack Village, “was fought out for exactly the same reasons that you are giving today…now in effect, the town is reneging on the commitment that it made 25 years ago.”

Costing between $890,000 and $1 million, the project would widen the two traffic lanes, repave the roadway approaching the bridge on either side, replace the guardrails, put in drainage, replace the seawalls on either side and install leaching pools — pits that absorb liquid into the soil.

“Please believe me,” Gregor told the disgruntled crowd, “I don’t like to spend a million dollars on something unless we have to.”’

The travel lanes, currently at about 8.5 feet, need to be widened to today’s standard of 10 feet, Gregor said, which would leave no room for a sidewalk on the bridge.

“I grew up next to that bridge,” said Sagaponack resident and former mayor Bill Tillotsen. “I’ve swum off of it, I’ve jumped off of it, I’ve fished off it … the sidewalk there is inadequate but without it you’re going to create a real funnel for traffic.”

Town officials began looking into funding for this project back 2005, before Gregor was in office. In 2006, an average of about 1,200 vehicles crossed over the bridge each day, according to the town.

By the time Gregor took office in 2010, he said, the town had already bonded close to half a million dollars for the rehabilitation project.

A federal grant for $500,000 was “one of the last Congressional earmarks that [Congressman] Tim Bishop got out in 2008,” Gregor said.

By accepting the federal aid, the town is required to keep the project consistent with federal and state regulations, which mandate many of the project’s elements which residents are highly critical, such as the widened lanes and new guardrails.

Cathy Gandel, co-chair of the Bridgehampton CAC (Citizens Advisory Committee), told Gregor, “you keep talking about safety — which we all want — but what makes you think that two 10-foot lanes with that guardrail [would improve safety]? People slow down now over that bridge because it’s narrow.”

“Tell the mayor and the trustees to get the cop there and write some tickets on the bridge,” Gregor responded.

Following the forum, Gandel’s husband, Earl Gandel, recalled a time in the late 1940s when international road races were held in Bridgehampton, with racers crossing over the bridge.

“We’re getting ready to change the nature of a bridge that I think a lot of people are really attached to,” Foster said. “I just feel really kicked in the face by this project because people love this place, people love the bridge.”

“I don’t think,” replied Gregor, “a 1923 bridge makes it historic, but I’m not going to insult historians in that.”

Several residents, along with Sagaponack Village’s consulting engineer Drew Brennan, asked Gregor to consider an alternative option that would make the basic repairs to the bridge without taking the federal grants that mandate the most aesthetically altering — and controversial —components of the project.

Brennan estimated that option would cost the town up to $700,000 and those in attendance asked Gregor to commit to looking into it.

“Our boards every month,” said Louchheim, “are struggling mightily to preserve as much as possible the rural and historic and scenic character of the Town of Southampton and quite frankly, the bridge is a vital part of that.”

Gregor said he and his team would consider the residents’ input and “regroup.”

“But,” he said, “I would be wrong in telling you I’m not still leaning forward.”

Linda Franke asked whether the public forum was just hosted as a gesture.

“It’s a condition and a gesture,” Gregor replied.

Petrello Gets OK, Village Faces Lawsuit

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By Claire Walla

After a controversial demolition hearing and a submission of an unpopular initial building plan, members of the Sagaponack Village Architectural and Historic Review Board (AHRB) finally approved the blueprint for a two-story home submitted by Anthony and Cynthia Petrello. The board made its decision at a regularly scheduled AHRB meeting last Friday, October 21.

And while an OK from the AHRB is typically a relative green light for construction, this case faces another obstacle that may prevent this structure from being built as currently proposed.

As Village Clerk Rhodi Winchell explained it, Petrello’s building application was caught up in a change in regulation. Adopted by the board last spring, the village’s new Coastal Erosion Hazard (CEH) code requires structures on oceanfront properties to be built 125 feet landward of the crest of the properties oceanfront dune. This is about 30 feet back from where Petrello’s proposed his new house to sit.

Petrello has sued the village of Sagaponack over the issue, arguing that because his building plan was approved by the DEC in December of 2010 — before the CEH was adopted — his building plan should not have to conform to the new law.

However, Winchell explained, “they were not vested.”

Had some aspect of the proposed building actually been in the ground, she said Petrello would indeed have been exempted from CEH regulations.

At this point, she added, if Petrello’s suit is successful, then this current building plan — having already been approved by the AHRB — would be able to move forward as is.

Petrello’s architect, John Sprague, explained to the board on Friday that he and chief architect Lisa Zaloga tweaked the building’s exterior to address some of the concerns AHRB board members had shared at a previous meeting. He said the footprint has not changed, but designers took away the breakaway walls the AHRB took issue with, which exposes the actual pilings and the railings of the structure.

However, should Petrello lose the suit, his architects would have to go back to the drawing board. The CEH barrier would push the building back up into a triangular-shaped property, meaning the building’s footprint would have to shrink in order to fit.

Liquor License for Poxy Golf Course Withdrawn

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Prompted by a liquor license application for the Poxabogue Golf Course, the Sagaponack Village Board has been paying particular attention to the public nine-hole course at recent board meetings. Although the course’s co-owners, the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, sought to eventually expand the operations at Poxabogue, Sagaponack Village Mayor Don Louchheim maintained that any expansions or renovations of the property would be under the purview of the village, in regards to terms of use and building and zoning code requirements. Mayor Louchheim recently met with a representative from East Hampton as well as Southampton Town Services Administrator Town Blowes and his assistant Sandra Cirincione, and councilwoman Nancy Graboski where they detailed their long term plans for the golf course. The towns hoped to build a new club house and to create a catering facility available for parties and events at Poxabogue. Since the plan was unveiled in the beginning of this year, it seems the towns have deferred the project due in part to protest from Sagaponack Village officials and the Wainscott Citizen’s Advisory Committee, said Louchheim.
Despite delaying these long term construction plans, the towns did agree to consolidate the management of operations for the course. As Louchheim explained it at the board meeting on Monday evening, the towns are set to lease the use of the links and buildings to a golf course operator who will then subcontract the use of the restaurant at the site. Currently, Dan Murray is the proprietor of the Fairway restaurant at Poxabogue. Michael Avella, who owns the Mattituck-based Love Lane catering business and restaurant, however is expected to take over operations of the Poxabogue eatery in March of next year. According to Louchheim, Avella submitted a liquor license application to serve wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages at the course’s restaurant and also wished to extend the hours of operation to include a dinner service. Avella’s attorney’s have since sent a letter to the board noting that his liquor license application has been withdrawn. Should Avella seek to expand the footprint of the building, noted Louchheim, the project would be subject to a full State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) by the village. Time is of the essence for Avella, added board member Lisa Duryea Thayer, if he hopes to move into a renovated space by the spring when he assumes the restaurant lease at Poxabogue.
“I’ve gotten feedback from community members that they like [Poxabogue Golf Course] the way it is and they don’t want it expanded into a major facility,” remarked Louchheim at Monday’s meeting.

AHRB Review Committee

Hoping to expedite the review of minor architectural work, the Sagaponack Village Board of trustees plans to create a one-member review committee to forward insignificant projects to the building inspector and thus bypassing approval from the Architectural and Historic Review Board (AHRB). The sole member of the review committee would be appointed by the chairman of the AHRB.
“We want to try and unclog the AHRB from very routine matters. This is both to get [these types of projects] off its plate and to provide not an unnecessary delay for someone wanting to replace a window or door. It shouldn’t take two months to get it done,” statedLouchheim at Monday’s board meeting. Village clerk Rhodi Winchell added that the committee would allow building inspector John Woudsma to process construction applications throughout the month and not after the monthly AHRB meeting.
“No one has brought it to our attention that this is a problem,” argued Ann Sandford, chairman of the AHRB.
Louchheim urged ANN to sign off on the committee saying the village would test out the idea. He added that if the one-member committee felt an application pertained to a historically or culturally significant structure, of the project was substantial, it would be directed to theAHRB for further review.
“The alternative is [the AHRB] can meet twice a month,” said Louchheim, adding that frequent meetings would allow insubstantial applications to be approved more readily.
The village board plans to set a date for the public hearing on the law at the next board meeting on Monday, December 21.

Sagaponack to Okay FEMA lines

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Last week at their trustees meeting, North Haven Village adopted the “limwa,” or “limit moderate wave action,” regulations proposed by FEMA in regards to flood maps. This week Sagaponack Village also discussed the new guidelines.

Mayor Donald Louchheim informed the board that he and village attorney Anthony Tohill spoke at length on Tuesday morning about the limwa line regulations.

“[Tohill] said it is sound municipal policy to regulate and limit construction in the beach zone,” reported Louchheim. In Louchheim’s conversations with the village attorney, Tohill added that the municipalities who choose not to enact the new regulations will not be entitled to flood insurance for the entire municipality. Louchheim noted that it is next to impossible to obtain a mortgage from a bank without adequate flood insurance.

“We have no choice but to do it,” said Louchheim, who asked Tohill why FEMA made the adoption of the regulations optional. Louchheim reported that Tohill’s estimation was FEMA wanted to minimize federal exposure to insurance claims.

Louchheim also voiced reservations with regards to FEMA putting pressure on municipalities to increase the height limitations of buildings. He reported that Tohill said that this was not the case and that most municipalities who enacted the regulations will not change their height limitations. Louchheim said Tohill added that it will not necessarily change the appearance of homes.

The village must send a draft copy of the regulations to New York State Department of Conservation, and must bear in mind the August 25 deadline to reply to FEMA. The regulations, if adopted, must be enacted by September 25.

By adopting the limwa line regulations, Sagaponack Village will follow suit with nearby municipalities like Sag Harbor, North Haven and Quogue, who have all enacted these regulations.

Following Trustee Lisa Duryea Thayer’s report on the zoning board of appeals and the architectural and historical review board, Louchheim added that these boards might see a record number of home construction applications in the next month as people anticipate the adoption of the new FEMA regulations.

Sagaponack closes on new village hall

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Despite the fact that the purchase of Sagaponack Village Hall was set to close on Monday, village attorney Anthony Tohill said, the closing, which was changed to Tuesday, went well.
“The closings don’t always happen when people want them to,” Tohill said on Wednesday. But he added, “It went fine and now the village owns a new village hall.”
The village of Sagaponack contracted to close on their new village hall on August 13 and it has taken a little more than two months for the sale to close.
The village approved $2 million for the new village hall, which cost $1.2 million. Last week the board talked about a $1.5 million bond anticipation notice (BAN). Village officials said the remanding $300,000 can be used for renovations on the new hall.
At the Sagaponack Village Board meeting on Monday night, the board announced that Don Sacher, member of the village’s architectural review board (ARB) is moving to North Haven. Trustee Lisa Duryea-Thayer said Sachar would only be able to make one more meeting.
“If any of you have anyone to recommend, please give me a name,” mayor Don Louchheim said to fellow board members.
In addition to adding new signs near the Sagaponack School reducing the speed limit to 25 mph, deputy mayor Lee Foster announced that she will be inspecting the village for potholes and trees that are in poor condition. Foster also said she will be looking for areas in the streets, where pavement is breaking.
Planning Board
At Sagaponack’s planning board meeting, the board held a public hearing for a pre-application for a property at 276 Parsonage Lane. The 19.12 acre property is on the northerly side of Parsonage Lane and its owners are applying for the creation of three residential lots on the property. The pre-application plan outlines three lots on the westerly side of the parcel. The owner has submitted the plan with the intent on keeping the 10-foot wide trail that connects the Long Pond Greenbelt area to the ocean in Sagaponack. Barbara Bornstein of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, thanked the planning board for their understanding and keeping the trails open.
“This is a wonderful plan and I commend the applicant and the board for this.” Bornstein said.
She added that it is an important step for the village because the Southampton Town Planning Board approved a preliminary application for the Two Trees Farm, a 114-acre parcel with 19 lots, in Bridgehampton this past summer, which, she said would eliminate the possiblity of a public trail in that area altogether.
Residents on the west side of the Parsonage Lane property, however, came to the hearing on Monday to ask that plans be reconsidered because if the homes were built in the proposed location, current property owners will lose their views. Louchheim said the board would take the information into consideration. The application will be open for written comment for 10 days.
A preliminary subdivision application for a 17-acre parcel at 150 Gibson Lane was also approved at Monday’s meeting. The representatives for this property are asking for a six-lot subdivision and a public hearing for the property will be held on November 17. Also at that date a public hearing is scheduled for the 41-acre property owned by the Schwenk Family located at 3491 Montauk Highway. This property has also submitted a preliminary application for a subdivision on one of the largest undeveloped pieces of land left in the village.

Sagaponack – Financing the Hall

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In the tiny room in the tiny building on the corner of Montauk Highway and Sagg Main Street, the Sagaponack village board met for their monthly work session on Tuesday to talk about their new village hall, new speed limit signs and the adoption of a new local law pertaining to event tents.
Mayor Donald Louchheim, began the meeting in the space that is the temporary village hall until the village moves to its new home at 3175 Montauk Highway. The cost of the building, formerly a home, is $1.2 million. The village board has asked for a bond anticipation note (BAN) for $1.5 million.
“We have successfully floated a bond to fund the purchase of the new village hall, which we will close on this Monday,” Louchheim said on Tuesday. Village clerk Rhodi Winchell said that Commerce Capital Market Bank won the bid for the BAN with an interest rate of 2.19 percent, lower than Bridgehampton National Bank’s bid with an interest rate of over 2.5 percent. Earlier this year voters approved up to $2 million for the village hall, which covers the purchase price and additional renovations.
Architect Peter Wilson has submitted preliminary plans for a possible addition to the rear of the new building to extend the meeting room.
“We will get the estimates before we go any further,” Louchheim said on Tuesday.
The board is also expecting discussions of parking at the new location.
On Tuesday, the village board also held a public hearing and adopted a new local law, which requires permits for event tents for Sagaponack residents. Although the law, which requires that a permit be obtained from the village, was adopted, trustee Joy Sieger questioned if it was realistic that a tent be removed within 24 hours after an event. Trustee Lisa Duryea Thayer brought the $1,000 fee to the board’s attention and said maybe they should look at Southampton’s legislation to determine what options they will have to enforce the requirements of their temporary tent law.
Sagaponack also recently put up new speed limit signs in front of the Sagaponack School, reducing the speed in the area to 15 miles per hour. Earlier this year, the board voted to put up new signs 1,320 feet in front of the Sagaponack School to reduce the speed of traffic along the road. Sieger thought a possibility may be to put up flashing lights, or speed bumps to warn people of the change in speed for the area.
“It can be used to train people to go a slower speed,” she said.

Sagaponack Seeking To Rein In Big Events

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Special events applications once again took center stage at the Sagaponack Village board meeting on Monday. And at the end of the meeting, Mayor Don Louchheim gave a “preview of coming attractions” for next year.
“Once summer is over, time to lay the groundwork [for how we are going to handle special events in the future],” said the mayor.
He said they are going to look into enforcement, possibly changing laws specifically dealing with how late music can be played at parties, and whether parking restrictions should be amped up in the tiny village. He also wants to institute some sort of “end of summer” meeting where residents can come and voice their opinions about how they were affected by the high number of fundraisers and galas that take place in the high season months.
On Monday, the village trustees decided to approve a special event they denied only a week before. The event, The Hamptons Trunk Show, is expected to draw roughly 50 people and will be held today.
The applicant, Tracy Frost Rensky, attended Monday’s meeting and asked the board to reconsider her application. After slight grilling by the trustees, she was granted permission to hold the event.
“You have merchants in the area who have to pay taxes and need to make a living,” said trustee Lisa Duryea Thayer. “Basically you’re in a residential zone running a commercial venue and that bothers me as a general principal of things.”
Frost billed the event as a kid friendly afternoon featuring face painting and arts and crafts, where two retail clothes vendors will set up shop for the day. A small portion of the proceeds will go to a non-profit organization called Citibabes that provides day care and services for mothers in Manhattan. The majority of the proceeds however will go to the vendors and that seemed to be the sticking point.
“I just have real concerns of us approving continual trunk shows. I don’t think that’s why people live [in Sagaponack],” said Duryea Thayer
Trustee Lee Foster said why not just remove the vendors and have a fun afternoon for the kids.
“This places us in such a cruel position. I hope you realize that,” said Foster. “I find it difficult to approve.”
Trustee Joy Sieger acknowledged the fact that the village had yet to deny a special event application this summer, though many were approved with reservation. And she pointed out that it might not be the best idea to make an example out of Frost.
“We’re in a funny position this summer,” she said, “because we’re going to make it known [next summer] that activities like this need to be applied for well in advance.”
“They need not apply at all,” responded Louchheim.
“I don’t think we need to make her an example of our upsetness with the whole summer. It’s coming down to the wire,” added Sieger.
“I am adamantly opposed, but I think we have to go ahead and approve it,” said the mayor. “She is applying for something and we have not turned anybody down, we basically have had no criteria, no lines drawn, no deadline.”
The board voted three to one in favor of Frost’s application. Duryea Thayer was the lone dissenter.
In a related issue, Louchheim raised the issuance of tent permits for outdoor parties in the village. Currently the Southampton Town approves such permits but Louchheim believes that might need to change in the future.
“There are [events] going on we don’t know about,” said Louchheim. “These tent permits that the town issues and then send us a notice on the Friday before the weekend of the event – usually the tent permits are for large parties that nobody has applied for. I think we should consider taking over the tent permit process.”
Under that scenario, the mayor said if someone comes into the village hall for a tent permit for 200 people and they have not filed a special event application, they will simply be denied.
He also brought up something the board has been discussing all summer concerning the high number of special events. They hope to sit down and establish criteria for the events, such as whether or not they benefit local charities. He said, under such guidelines, a trunk show benefiting a city not-for-profit would “not be permitted at all.”
The board also discussed the issue of enforcement. They believe there are a number of events that have taken place in the village this summer that did not have permits. As far as enforcing those events, Louchheim said he would have to talk with the town’s ordinance inspectors.

Top Photo: Sagaponack Village trustees Lisa Duryea Thayer, Lee Foster and mayor Don Louchheim at Monday’s meeting.

No Super Saturday For Sagaponack

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Sagaponack Village trustees are quickly learning much of their municipal business will be deciding who is allowed to use their idyllic community for special events. At Monday’s board meeting three such events were approved and one was denied.
The board gave a green light to the “Garden as Art” garden tour benefiting Guild Hall in East Hampton. Two other events were approved contingent on further review.
The event that didn’t make the cut was a last minute addition to the agenda. Village clerk Rhodi Winchell said the application came in just before the meeting and the board, upon hearing a description of it, adamantly voted in opposition.
United Jewish Appeal hoped to host an invite-only trunk show for 200 people at a residence on Fairfield Pond Lane on August 7 with 20 vendors.
“No way, no way, no way,” said Foster. “It’s like Super Saturday. We don’t want that here.”
Mayor Don Louchheim said there was no possible way the site could accommodate parking for 200 guests and called the event a “flea market.”
“I know the house. I know the site,” said Louchheim. “There’s barely enough room to park 10 cars there.”
“We reject this application,” said Foster. “This is not enough time and this is not keeping with the characteristics.”
Out of 14 total applications, it was the first the village has denied this summer. The village, which incorporated in 2005, operated under Southampton Town’s code until last September. This is the first summer it has had to process special event applications.  A month ago, the board passed a local law that will take affect next summer requiring a six-month notice for all such events.
“This year we’ve been very lenient,” said Winchell. “We’ve been taking them as they come. We’re trying to be as user-friendly as possible this year but next year they will have to comply.”
Another event, a celebration for 125 supporters of the not-for-profit art group Creative Time, ran into a road block in part because of their lack of notoriety.
“The claim to be a nonprofit group for me is foreign,” said trustee Alfred Kelman. “I’d be voting in total ignorance. At the very least, we should request from them what in the world they do and what they’ve done in the past.”
“It’s embarrassing and appalling that we should even be presented with something like this,” said deputy mayor Lee Foster. “It’s three weeks out, there’s no one here from the group.”
“I don’t see how we can deny this considering all the others we’ve approved and this one has onsite parking and won’t have an impact on the road,” said Louchheim.
An outdoor movie screening to benefit the Fresh Air Fund on August 10 for 200 people was also given a “conditional approval.” The mayor took exception to the lack of parking and the late hours of the event, slated from 8 to 11 p.m. Kelman had a problem with the sound.
“My objection is having an outdoor screening of a movie is invasive to all of the neighbors,” said Kelman.
Louchheim asked him how it was any different from music being played outside and Kelman said it would be louder.
“You cannot provide headsets to people listening to a dance band,” said Kelman. “If they really want to watch a movie they should watch it like a drive-in [with the sound being provided through a speaker in each viewer].”
The board decided to approve the screening only after they approach the applicant about the sound.

Photo: Sagaponack Village Trustee Alfred Kelman