The two-year-old Rumba may soon have a new septic system, which will help bring the eatery into compliance with an occupancy issue.
According to a report on 27east, county officials have reported that an approval for a new septic system is near approval and that once installed, the eatery will be permitted to have seating of up to 63 people — more than what is currently allowed.
The seating has been an issue among community members for sometime, with neighboring residents complaining that the eatery becomes so busy that cars spill out onto the roadway, making conditions dangerous.
Rumba has been facing several legal challenges from the Town of Southampton over the issue — the town claims the businesses' certificate of occupancy only allows for a total of 16 seats and 21 patrons.
Rumba, however, has challenged the certificate of occupancy and said the business has been working diligently remedy all issues.
While it has waited for approval for its new septic system and pending application from the town's board of zoning appeals for a set back, which will be heard on October 17, Rumba said it has started a bus and boat transport services to prevent overcrowding of its parking lot.