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Meschutt Beach Neighbors Say Enough is Enough

Legislator Jay Schneiderman says he plans to look into the problem.

Mary Ann Remigio says she purchased her Hampton Bays Washington Avenue East home 17 years ago to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but the quiet and peacefulness has given way to the revving engines of hot rods and motorcycles, drunks, and thumping music.

"The beach hut at has turned my world upside-down," said Remigo. "Our quality of life has been compromised."

Remigo said the trouble started about eight years ago, but it was bearable for a time. Now, and especialy this past summer, the situation has gotten out of hand.

"Basically, it is every night during the summer. The music is so loud, I hear it a block away. The place is a zoo every night, completely packed with people drinking and dancing till 9:30 and 10:00 p.m."

Remigo said this was not something she signed on for when she purchased her property, which she believes has lot its value because of the Beach Hut situation.

"I can't even go out and walk my dog. The traffic is horrendous. It's dangerous."

Remigo says she's called the town, the county — anyone who will take her call. But she says her words have fallen on deaf ears.

"They basically say poo-poo and laugh," said Remigo. "Honestly, I don't know what to do, but I am definitely not going to let this go."

Remigo says is hoping that the newly formed  organization can help — she's actively working to help the group increase its membership by handing out flyers to neighbors. And she said is considering putting a petition together to submit to the county.

A petition is something Jim Dubrowsky, a 45-year resident of Dune Road, says he has already tried.

"I wrote Suffolk County Parks Department and got 20 signatures, but that meant nothing to them and nothing was done," he said.

Dubrowky said he just wants some peace — he doesn't want to see drunk people urinating on his front lawn anymore or hear the thumping music.

"This would never be allowed in Bridgehampton or Westhampton Beach. It has made my life miserable," he said, adding that at 80 years old, he just doesn't have it in him to fight.

"I've kinda given up. I shut the front door, turn up the TV and watch in the back room," he said.

Dubrowsky said he has turned over all his paperwork and petitions to Remigo, hoping that she can continue the fight.

While the beach sits in the Town of Southampton, it is owned by the county, which leases the concession stand to an outside vendor.

According to David Betts, of Southampton town code enforcement office, when complaints come in regarding the beach hut, his office refers them to the county.

The Suffolk County Parks Department did not immediately return phone calls nor did the Beach Hut, however, Legislator Jay Schneiderman said it sounds like a quality of life issue that needs to be addressed. 

"This is the first I am hearing of this and I can look into it. I know the beach is a popular spot with the music, but the county certainly wants to be a good neighbor," Schneiderman said.

Schneiderman says he plans to reach out to the county park's commissioner.

"Possibly," he said, "some restrictions need to be placed on the vendor."

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Info September 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
We live in a resort community! This is the price you pay when you buy a home in one. Do we want to put every place out of business and get rid of all the jobs these places create. If so, we're on target. Hampton Bays was once a thriving tourist community that employed many residents and kept the local businesses alive and people employed. This NIMBYISM of business has ruined the fabric of our town that people have relied on to survive and ruined the reasons for people to rent summer houses in our community to use our amenities. And I promise you, should the Boardy Barn and Beach Bar and other clubs be nixed, it will be the final nail in the Hampton Bays coffin.
Info September 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Oh and for years we have brought our children to Meschutt. It is safe and easy for them to swim while we could watch them, relax and listen to good music. The perfect Staycation!
Ellen Marie September 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Not that I am going to condone any type of noise that interferes with a persons tranquility , but has it been noted anywhere that the noise at Meschutt Beach always, without fail ends at or before 9:30pm.The beach always closes by 10PM. This is the law of the town and it is strictly enforced by the police.
Ellen Marie September 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM
if you are listening to DREAM until 4:30 in the morning, I can assure you , it is not coming from Meschutt beach. BEACH is closed by 10pm every night. You say you live "near" Meschutt beach, perhaps you live closer to some club that plays until 4:3Oam. Also, I have NEVER heard of a murder or stabbing in the 25 years i lived there. I watch the news, read all local papers and NY news papers and have gossiped on that beach for 25 years. Please please don't blame other proprietors annoyances or even worse, although quite questionable other proprietors murders or stabbings on my beach. Get your facts straight and stop being so dramatic. Question: How many times in the past 5 -10 years have you actually been to that beach?
PercyPlace November 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I live in that neighborhood. Less than a clock from the beach hut. And yes, I can hear the music. But it does stop at 930 and Im fine with that. What I dont like is people climbing over the parking lot onto parts of the non-public beach and blasting music or having fowl language and screams coming from their children. Also the the town is no longer employing the corps of engineers to build up the beach and it is shrinking away. As is my property value.

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