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Chamber President: Hampton Bays Is Going Through An Identity Crisis

Stan Glinka believes Canoe Place Inn has the potential to change that.

For years and years, the hamlet of Hampton Bays was known for its nightlife and thriving bars and clubs — business from the night crowds trickled to Main Street and to the area's hotels and motels.

"It was a thriving beach-front community," said Stan Glinka, president of the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce. "But because of zoning law changes, Hampton Bays doesn't have that boom of the young people anymore."

Now, Glinka says, Hampton Bays is in the midst of an "identity crisis."

Most recently, members of the newly-formed Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays have stated that the area has turned from a waterfront resort area into a dumping ground for all of Southampton Town's problems — density, nitrogen-loaded bays, blight, crime, and a contentious homeless shelter.

"We are really going through some growing pains," said Glinka. "The businesses are struggling — they really only have a short window during the summer."

While Glinka says he is at a loss for the answer, he knows that two things must be done to put the area back on the map.

Pointing out the positives in the community — the beaches and all related water activities from commercial fishing to jet skiing — Glinka said Hampton Bays has to find its real attraction.

"We are family oriented. Hampton Bays is like a best-kept secret," he said.

Another way to put Hampton Bays back on the map, said Glinka, is the refurbishment of Canoe Place Inn — a controversial plan that is currently in the environmental scoping stage at Southampton Town Hall.

"A catering hall at Canoe Place Inn will lure people to Hampton Bays — it will have a trickle effect," said Ginka.

With a catering facility, the motels and hotels would see business, as would area shops that sell, for example, last-minute gifts, dresses, and shoes.

"Things are changing in Hampton Bays," said Glinka. "Some people have problems adapting to change, but we have to find a happy medium."

Patch wants to know: What do you want Hampton Bays to be known for? How do you see the area developing in the next ten years? Post your comment below.

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Boo September 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
"some people have problems adapting to change." Gee, trouble with overcrowded housing, the shelters, the motel conversions, the homeless wandering the streets, and the hoardes of day laborers hanging out in town. The increase in crime, and the dumping everywhere. Watching our property values decline while the schools are overflowing and our taxes climb. Riverside and Flanders are nipping at our heels.Yup, some of us have problems adapting to change.
Sharon September 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Canoe Place Inn is not the answer, will not "solve" all the other problems.
Peter September 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM
40 town homes built on 3 acres as part of the CPI deal? Maybe Glinka should talk about this ridiculous part of the deal.
STB September 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Stan Glinka’s belief that the restoration of the CPI as a catering hall will lead to a trickle effect, improving Hampton Bays, by the purchasing of last minute gifts, dresses and shoes is naïve at best. Hampton Bays has an identity and currently it is not one that brings pride to most residents. Hampton Bays is not going through an identity crisis; the crisis is one of pride. Hampton Bays is an exceptional place with many assets. One day the CPI will be one of those assets but it will take more than the opening of the CPI as a catering hall to transform Hampton Bays. What will transform Hampton Bays are people whom care about its future and are willing to do something about it. Residents cannot sit on their hands and expect things to get better. Action, leadership, and money will result in the betterment of Hampton Bays. Some of this action is clearly evident in the work done by the HBBA throughout the year. The San Gennaro Feast is another example of positive action being taken to improve Hampton Bays. Lets continue to improve the reputation of Hampton Bays by bringing back the art show to Main Street, utilizing the park across from Liggett’s, establishing a farmers market, pressuring landlords to maintain and improve their properties, and shutting down bars that promote overconsumption. The newly formed Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays and the Chambers mission must be to direct and shape Hampton Bay’s future; not adapt to unwanted change.
lynn September 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Bashing Hampton Bays and airing its dirty laundry won't help either. I was initially against the "restoration" of CPI, but seeing the project presented to the public recently, I was impressed. Will it solve all our problems? Of course not. But we have one of the best locations in the Hamptons--access to ocean, bays, Southampton, Westhampton, Riverhead for shopping. Drive or walk across the Ponquogue Bridge and tell me we don't have a little slice of heaven! Let's talk it up instead of down so that people learn to value what we have, instead of read all the complaints and say, "Boy, I'm not moving there."
baymen September 27, 2012 at 09:28 AM
start with a bull dozer at cpi take a good look the place is a un kept dump start over with a new safe modern building and create jobs lets get real
Laurie Shand September 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I think CPI should be knocked down and new waterfrount restaurants and shopping should be placed there. The strip mallls in town should also get a face lift. There should be code inforced laws about the businesses that are in the strip malls to all look uniformed and adding more stores so it looks more like a quiant town than a parking lot. Take a look at Southhampton and Easthampton and lets bring the pretty towns to Hampton Bays.
Hbjoker September 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
The only thing that will improve hampton bays is seperating from the town of southampton's grip, we have had the same planners who will drag you threw the mud if you do not do it there way, which is why most of the buildings are so delapidated. If you do not believe me, go around and speak with the owners of the buildings. The business district is a joke with that ridiculas green line down the center! If the line will remain green, please rename the montauk highway the emerald highway so when the homeless, drug addicts, drunks and all who come to this hole know which way the bar is!
Hbjoker September 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Laurie, great idea but the town planners have stifled every new idea for the past 20+ years, I was at the meeting when the owners wanted to do a facelift on the squietown resturaunt exterior before they opened a few years ago. They had a wonderful concept and their design was tremendous, however the planning board did not see it that way. Look at it now.
Susan Crimi September 27, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I agree with YOU Lynn!
New Guy September 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Tear it down and cart the rubble to the dump where it belongs. (CPI) I have driven through the entire East End and cannot find a green and red line anywhere else, why does Hampton Bays have to have this? I hear people calling it the Emerald highway. Pave the Montauk hwy paint the lines properly redo all sidewalks. Look at all of the surrounding hamlets and villages, plenty of shopping and stores. Hampton Bays should be its own town. Folks fire the planning board
Barbara Leat September 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I don't think CPI should be torn down. It's a historical building, been there for years........needs restoring and I think the town should own it. Make it a museum for the things Hampton Bays is known for and make part of it (if possible as I don't know the sq. footage of the place) a place to eat, drink and be merry !!
Barbara Leat September 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I meant to add that Hampton Bays has a quaint charm about it. Why would you want a new modern building ? It would be so different and out of place. Quogue and Southampton are quaint areas, very small with plenty of shops and I just think changing CPI is going to put an elephant by the canal bridge. Just my thoughts. Also, I should have said : eat, dance, drink and be merry !!
Hbjoker September 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Hey Meatball, lets meet for a drink on the Emerald Highway!
Penelope Jayaswal September 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I disagree with Laurie, we do need a catering hall and a place to have concerts, because there are too many restaurants here already. The catering hall will bring business to town. Look at the Vineyards on the North Fork how busy they are with all kinds of functions. A concert Hall will also bring business if there are venues that people will pay to see and hear. We are the only town with out that. Westhampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton all have their little theaters as well as Montauk which has its playhouse! We could use some refinement in Hampton Bays.
John jones September 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM
The greatest two assets in Compton Bays are the sunrise exit out of town, and the canal bridge out of town. Just awful.
Algebra September 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
John Jones, Grow up.
Boo September 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Agree with John Jones. Too bad. I am heartsick over what has happened here. HB had such promise. Now it's a dump by the sea.
Hbjoker September 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Hi John, before you go make sure to stop in a bar along the Emerald Highway for a cocktail!
Barbara Leat September 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I think Penelope has a great idea as well. A concert hall and a catering hall. I'm sure CPI could open with Billy Joel. He's big on helping the Island. And many more who live/vacation out here could have concerts here. And that always brings in big money.
New Guy September 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM
This is so funny I cant stop LAUGHING. (John)
New Guy September 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I agree this place is a dump, really gone downhill. Look at the surrounding towns you tell me. A handful of jokers want to save teardowns, what a joke.
New Guy September 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM
We have the Emerald Highway, that is funny, I cant stop laughing. Two tone pavement, unpainted lines, broken sidewalks - If you want to fix something that would be a fine place to start me friends.
New Guy September 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Concert hall? People were complaining about noise from the retaurant on the canal.
lynn September 30, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Obviously you have not seen the plans for CPI.
Hbjoker September 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
A concert Hall? 1. neighbors are complaing about the music from Meschutt Beach, the houses are much closer to the cpi, what time will these concerts end 8:00pm? 2. we have all heard about the noise/traffic from the rumba (which is a shame great food) the traffice from the"Concert Hall" will be nutz, a traffic light will be neded, new highway work will be needed! Tear that dump down, move it to the town property on the opposite side of Newtown this way all that want it saved (105 people+/- as far as I can tell) can bring their checkbooks, hammers, nails etc... and fix it themselves! Most of you who are complaining that this dump needs to be restored should think about the costs you are placing on someone else's shoulders! For all of you who live behind this rat hole should be very upset, as you are about to have one of the loudest neighborhoods in town if these idiots get their way! There is still time to voice your concerns! And as far as John's comments above, he nailed it 150%
Ralebird September 30, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Choose one and go, Jones. Please.
Ralebird September 30, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Take Mike and the meat ball with you too.

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