The Town of Southampton is moving forward on a plan to use Community Preservation funds to possibly purchase Neptunes Beach Club on Dune Road, which has had trouble with drugs over the years with cops responding on a regular basis.
On Oct. 8, a hearing was held to draw feedback from the public on the purchase of the club, which has been a popular party spot since the 1960s, for $3.2 million — No one stood to pose opposition.
Donna Lanzetta, president of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce, spoke first in support the plan, stating that she owns property near the club and feels that the closure of the club will improve, beach access, Dune Road and the entire community.
However, she suggested that since closing Neptunes means another business off the tax rolls, she suggested that the town possibly lease the building out to a restaurant.
"The public could still have access and a service," she said.
Al Algieri, president of the the East Quogue Civic Association, disagreed that the town should re-purpose the building as a commercial entity, but did state that he supports the purchase of the property.
"Residents spend more money on cops there. If you purchase it with community preservation funds, leave it as it it. Get rid of it and preserve it."
According to the town, the owners of Neptunes, are willing to sell the club building and the 2.8 acres it sits on.
The town has left the hearing open for additional public input until Nov. 12 when the hearing will be re-opened at 1 p.m. at town hall.