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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.

joe hampton August 24, 2012 at 04:01 AM
oh leave for the love of god them alone already
joe hampton August 24, 2012 at 04:01 AM
you people have nothing beter to do ?
b August 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I thought that was what they were supposed to do...enforce the laws. Or is that only the laws we want to enforce when we want to enforce them?
MLT August 24, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Why does the Town boards few have such an interest in deismantling in my opinion one of the most successful and loved restaurant ever. The best food,service and customer service. The owner exudes customer service and seams to be trying to accomadate the boards wishes at his expense. But several like the board Member Malone with a threat of legal action because he is a lawyer. Indimidates a local resident and business,and trys to use legal tactics to shut him down. So when his tenure is up we as member of the comunity will vote you out and send you back to lawyering. I wish Mr Hirsh would move his restaurant to a different location like in one of the former restaurants on shinnecock canal. Plenty of parking , on the water and we,ll see if they still complain. What a shame in the
Hbjoker August 24, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I have a few great ideas! let's shut down a very popular resturant in Hampton Bays, Lets tear down another thirving resturant in Hampton Bays along with 2 thriving businesses so we can have condos buit and while they are at it save the old cpi, lets keep the montauk highway corridor in shambles with 3 different colored pavements and barely reconizible lines, lets paint the green line down the center of montauk highway every month and change the name from montauk highway to the emerald highway and lets bring in more homeless and sex offenders and place them on the benches around town. Oh wait, we are doing that now. I truly believe that hampton bays is progressing backwards, not forwards. It seems that the old gaurd or as I like to call them, "The Bubba's" are afraid that if Hampton Bays changes for the better they will no longer have a place to live and tell/demand what others do with their own property/businesses. Mr. Malone, as a life long resident you have lost my vote. And trust me when I say this, alot of other locals who are sick & tired of the town officials ruinning this town to the ground will no longer vote for you as well. Hampton Bays needs to become it's own incorporated village this way the residents can decide the towns future.
lynn August 24, 2012 at 04:34 PM
^^^^ exactly - maybe if they follow the rules they would be "picked on"
lynn August 24, 2012 at 04:35 PM
^^^^ exactly - maybe if they followed the rules they wouldn't be "picked on"
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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