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Readers Sound Off: Blight in Hampton Bays

A round-up of readers' comments.

In relation to question posed last Wednesday night by the new civic organization, Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch, on Friday, asked readers where the blight is in Hampton Bays. Patch received numerous responses, as well as photos of areas that residents feel need to be cleaned up. 

The following is a round-up of what readers had to say. (Patch will post a gallery of reader photos later in the week and if you have photos that you would like to submit of blighed areas in Hampton Bays, e-mail them to Erica.Jackson@Patch.com).

 wrote, "The front of restaurant needs painting.They have been opened for business for 2+ years and have done nothing to improve the area around their sign. Also the Hamlet Green sign is falling apart. The owners should be fined."

 said, "The needs help, it is looking pretty bad. The sign, the roadway, store fronts, grassy area and parking lot needs maintenance and upkeep. Who is supposed to take care of that?"

 suggested, "Stop all those illegals from hang out in the parking lot. It scares everyone."

 responded, "If a bunch of Americans started hanging out in front of the or looking for work, they'd be given citations for loitering.Double standards."

 said, "The shopping center with and is so barren and lifeless. It could use some planters near the sidewalk with some green landscaping or flowers. It's just a big ugly parking lot right in the middle of town. Who owns this property anyway?"  added, "Ugly boarded up house on Canoe Place Road north of Fanning. Someone painted over the graffiti like real estate listing scribbled on the side of the house, probably because of complaints. This place looks like hell, tear it down. Also CPI looks like hell now."

Patch wants to know: Do you agree that these areas need to be cleaned up? Are there other areas that need help, as well? How do you think residents can go about making a difference? Feel free to comment below.

kkny12 September 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I am in agreement-owning a home in hampton bays, paying taxes, etc. this has gotten out of hand. Squiretown is disgusting looking on the outside-I refuse to go there now bc of that alone-CPI, tho I have seen them working on it a bit is such an eye sore as well as the old florist just east of the canal! There are so many eye sores that I can see why people make some of the comments they do about our town. We have some of the most beautiful waterways, and access to the ocean, etc. Lets give it the beautiful look it deserves.
bob michaels September 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The CPI is now to be a catering hall. haha What about the abandoned buildings adjacent to it? The grounds along the RR tracks is disgusting. The abondoned trailer on indian ? land on Newtown Rd is dangerous.
C Law September 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The old North fork bank, the old bar between rj oshea and king kullen and the cottages and old terrible storefront between St rosalies and carvel. These buildings are terrible when coming into town from the east.
hampton bays resident September 06, 2012 at 03:36 AM
How about getting rid of the graffiti near the bus stop .
John Pine September 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
It can be said that a leaf blower in Bridgehampton can blow the quality of life away in Hampton Bays. The downfall of Hampton Bays can directly be attributed to the presence of illegal aliens. The elite well to do further east want these guys here for the cheap labor, and Supervisor Throne-Holst is paid to look the other way, another politician that violated her oath of office to uphold the law. She doesn't care what happens to Hampton Bays, all she cares about is her rich friends homes & their fancy landscaping in Wainscott and Bridgehampton. Not only do the men loiter throughout town, they commit crimes while here, terrorizing citizens, living in the woods and overcrowded homes that were sold by panicked citizens to slumlords. It's a vicious cycle. All we need is the will, at the political level, by electing people who will enforce the law and drive these scum out of town.
Bojames September 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Illegals stay where there is work. If they hang out by theater who is hiring them. Those who hire illegals encourage them to remain, just like those who buy drugs keep criminals in business . I guess this would be demand side theory. If Hampton Bays is in decline maybe because the economy of the country is in decline . Get used to it . The good old days may be over for good.
Virginia Whitelaw September 06, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Good for you, John! Well said.
John Davids September 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Seems every year these towns push hard to get rid of the clubs and bars that bring tourism and money into the them. Now that they are slowly succeeding there is no money and these towns are dying fast and looking more like Riverhead... You cant have your cake and eat it too.
Ralebird September 07, 2012 at 04:57 AM
You got that right. I remember when if there were twenty people living in a house in Hampton Bays they were probably twenty five years old from Bayside and were here all summer spending money at restaurants, bars, grocery stores, delis, bakeries, beverage and liquor stores. They also bought clothes, sporting goods, gas and even jetskis and boats and their friends stayed in the motels. Politicians pandering to a dozen or so loudmouths in the HBCA ran them, and all the money they spent, out of town. Name a vacant building in Hampton Bays and I'll tell you which business thrived there thirty years ago catering to the people who made the area a destination.
Hbjoker September 08, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Harlem Bays! Home of The Emerald Highway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda Sullivan September 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The loitering in the movie parking lot makes our town bad. Why are they allowed to hang out there all day long? No other group would be allowed to do so. This really makes the wrong impression of our town as a seaside Hamlet that has beautiful beaches. Something needs to be done about this and let them hang out at the town hall in Southampton. I also agree that CPI is a diaster and should be torn down, it is nothing more than an eyesore.
Joanne Dinardo September 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
That movie parking lot is disgusting to begin with....I was told by the new owners of the liquor store that the owners of the shopping center power wash all the time and clean up the garbage...yet it still looks gross.....I hate going in there....but I do because of the movies,liquor store and Rinos (excellent) restaurant. Also agree with comment about the lot with Kriegs and Rexall drugstore...a dead lifeless shopping center. Also the gas station opposite The Garage( a beautiful, well kept) business)....who allows 20 or 30 cars on the property....that place is a hovel to begin with...just lovely to look at at the main thoroughfare of HB.....AND....sorry just getting it all out there....please folks when you have a yard sale, a fund raiser, dance or any other event, please take your signs down when it's over. A politician in NYC is battling a $500k fine because he never took down his election posters....the addresses are on the signs....it couldn't be easier to locate the person.... Thanks for listening!
Hannah Ritter September 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
ALAN'S ACRES !!! It is passed by every resident and visitor. heading over the Ponquogue Bridge. Surely there are laws being broken by allowing the property to remain in this condition.
Hannah Ritter September 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The day laborer issue is complex, but there is no question that the loitering has prevented Hamlet Green from being a very attractive commercial property. How can they attract desirable tenants - the combination of the ugly fence, the loiterers, and the bicycles take away all charm. Let's hope the yoga studio and World Village (a great little-known shop) continue to thrive. Get rid of that fence! Re the day laborers, if in fact the area economy "needs" them, then there should be a concerted effort to relocate to a location that doesn't interfere with local retail prosperity! I don't understand why the Montauk Highway landlords are not motivated to tackle this issue themselves.
don kehoe September 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM
The people allow this to happen by re-electing the same politicians over and over again. We need to clean house, get rid of all of our career politicians who don't get anything done....they can't even give a straight answer to a question when asked. The problem is not the Democrats or Republicans, it's the Democrats AND Republicans. Vote all the incumbents out...then things will change.
Park Slope September 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The owners of Squiretown have made a temporary fix to their facade after receiving so many negative comments. It's not perfect yet but it is an improvement and they should be commended for taking action to improve Main Street.

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