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Rumba Could Face Legal Recourse from Town

The popular restaurant on Canoe Place Inn Road is under scrutiny for reportedly violating town codes, according to a 27East report.

Southampton Town may take legal action against the popular Hampton Bays eatery Rumba, according to 27East, if occupancy levels continue to be a problem for town officials.

Councilman Jim Malone, a Hampton Bays resident, recently spoke before the Hampton Bays Civic Association, according to the report, telling the crowd: “My patience is a little bit thin—I don’t want to take anybody’s livelihood away, but people really need to work harder to comply."

Code enforcement is reportedly continuing to keep check on the restaurant, which had been in July. Though owner David Hersh told Patch last month that all he's trying to do is run a clean place that people can enjoy.

"We try to be as responsible as we can," he said. "I run a good business. We don't serve underage kids and I have hundreds of e-mails from people in Hampton Bays who say they love Rumba."

According to 27East, Hersh is working on upgrading the septic system at the restaurant, which overlooks the Shinnecock Bay, during the upcoming offseason.

This summer's troubles where after 5 p.m. due to excessive parking on the road during nighttime hours.

This year, the restaurant has even found itself in the , with Democratic primary candidate Jennifer Maertz calling her opponent, Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, anti-business for favoring legal action against the restaurant.

Hersh has shot back at town hall, saying the town has been unwilling to work with him to find an equitable solution.

According to the 27East report, Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato would likely seek town board approval before taking any action against Rumba.

Click here to read the article on 27East.

b August 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
WOW! One other person sees this? LOL
b August 24, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I thought the Town Boards purpose was to make sure that the laws were enforced. Please explain why Rumba should be exempt? They chose the location. They knew the size. They are overcrowded. They NEVER deny they are over crowded. Mr. Hersh just issues statements that sound remarkably like threats. if you don't ignore my illegal actions, I'll stay open late! I'll have a bar crowd (which of course they already do) etc. The laws are there for everyone. If you are in violation of the law the Town is supposed to make sure you fix the issues. EVERYONE. Michael, you running for office in HB Inc?
lynn August 24, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Instead of staying low key about not complying with the rules Rumba rubs it in the town's face with a big green bus driving hundreds of people back & forth - I do not want to see any local successful business shut down as long as they follow the laws that keep everyone protected. I dont see that Rumba is doing that and will not shed a tear when the doors are closed.
b August 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Exactly. Mr. Hersh NEVER says he will comply it is always that someone is out to get him, they need to do xyz or he will do this or that. Really? I have nothing against Rumba, but the attitude is unnecessary and unbecoming. Especially from someone touting themselves as a valued member of the community.
Ralebird August 25, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Where are "the former restaurants on shinnecock canal"?

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