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Town Buys Neptune's, Plans to Transform It Into a Museum

The museum will be dedicated to the African-American Coast Guard Station that once stood at the site.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
The popular summer Dune Road spot, Neptunes Beach Club, which has had trouble with drugs over the years with cops responding on a regular basis will soon be reestablished as a museum and public boardwalk.

The Town Board, which voted to purchase the 2.8 acre parcel on Tuesday for $3.2 million with community preservation funds, also approved a resolution presented by Councilman Jim Malone to earmark $1.2 million in the town's capital budget to transform the club into a museum dedicated to an African-American Coast Guard Station — the second in the country — that once stood at the site.

The African American Station, according to the Hampton Bays Historical Society, was born in 1915, closing on June 9, 1937, then reactivated during WWII. It closed for good in 1944.

The money set aside by the town on Tuesday will also be used to construct a 500-foot boardwalk that will connect the Neptune's ocean-front property to the town's Tiana Beach property.

In addition, the site will feature a concession stand.

Prior to Tuesday's meeting, it was unclear what would happen to the property — there were discussions of the town buying it and renting it out as a restaurant, but one thing was clear during public hearings — neighbors of the club said they were done with the loud parties at the site.

Patch wants to know: What do you think of the town's plan to turn Neptunes into a museum, complete with a boardwalk? Comment below.


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james kappers December 11, 2013 at 09:21 AM
I would rather of seen the campground that was once proposed to bring more revenue into the town and help diminish our overall debt and lower our taxes
Sarah Kerr December 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I am thrilled that Hampton Bays will have a historical museum as an attraction added to our beautiful natural dune beach. Hampton Bays' history should be preserved and utilized as an attraction to our community. This is a very interesting part of WWII history - our war against Hitler's hatred while we remained ourselves a segregated nation even in our armed services. I believe that this museum will bring revenue at the same time that it will educate and make us a more inclusive and welcoming community.
jim December 11, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Wasn't the land preservation fund's meant for vacant land only,another building taken off the tax rolls ,this town is gettting like East Hampton used to be,using town funds for a select few in the know.Who is going to build and maintain this new museum over the years? We are with our high taxesThis board should run for Congress,they sure know how to spend other people's money
jen December 11, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Why not just bulldoze the place and leave it. Better option than wasting money on a museum no one will ever go to. But at least that drug infested place will be gone.
Honkus December 11, 2013 at 08:32 PM
I like the idea of a museum and the boardwalk but who will maintain this? I also don't think this very specific museum will bring in much revenue. It's not mainstream enough, kids will not go, therefore families will pass. I don't think the locals can support it alone. Why not make it a clam bar, surf shack. Thats all we want!!
Ruth Bruun December 12, 2013 at 08:21 AM
A wonderful idea.
jackrabbit.jb19 December 12, 2013 at 08:41 AM
What a wonderful idea is right. Spending 4.4 mil the town should make its money back in no time. What's the average? 12 good weekends a year? Parking $100, Entrance tickets $50, Snacks for a family of 4 at the Museum concession stand $75, The Town thinking this is a good idea.......Priceless
cbg December 12, 2013 at 09:03 AM
What a bad idea. I can't believe this. What is so interesting about an African American Coast guard station that was there nearly hundred years ago. Interesting NOT! I wouldn't spend a dime to go in there. We need something entertaining and fun.
Gary Davis December 12, 2013 at 09:39 AM
I am not a taxpayer in Southampton Town, but I am excited for this use of public money. Many times these types of funds are used for projects thtare useful to limited number of taxpayers.
Brendan Byrne - The East End Broker December 12, 2013 at 09:40 AM
This is an absolutely horrible plan.
New Guy December 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM
What a disgrace. This is how hard earned public tax dollars are spent. Who is going to maintain and pay for this debacle? Another property off the tax rolls, c'mon. Congrats you idiots you just spent $3.2 million on something that is going to wash away. Instead of spending hard earned taxpayer dollars, send us all refunds - you idiots.
E. Trillo December 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Sounds like another "great" idea from the Historical Socity. We can add this to the collection of useless buildings that have been taken off the tax rolls like the Lyzon Hat Factory, the Prosper King House, the Canoe Place Chaple, the Mimosa Beach Club and someday the CPI. Why are our politicians listening to these people? How many play rooms do they need. The town should find a way to use the money fixing Dune Road. The Neptune Beach Club Property should have remained in private hands. The CPF money should be used to pay the school taxes when they take a property off the tax rolls.
Ken December 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A hot dog stand similar to the one that USED to be down by "D" Road would bring in more revenue than this proposed, so-called "museum." If the town were truly interested in bringing in revenue (as opposed to catering to the wishes of the homeowners along Dune Road) they would just take a look at what Suffolk County has done with the 'Beach Hut' chain. Once again the rich get what they want, no more neighbors after having bought it through 'campaign donations' ……
Chris Bruschi December 17, 2013 at 09:57 AM
The Afro American Coast Guard Station merits a plaque, not a museum. Let's restore as much of the barrier beach as we can, whenever we can.
Jim December 19, 2013 at 08:14 AM
How about a planetarium? Something more interesting than a very limited interest museum. Do you see any lines in front of the Whaling museum in Sag Harbor or the Whatever they call it museum in Amagansett? Another waste of town money on something that will turn into a financial mess soon.
nyc511 December 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I'm only 45 years old, but I'm thinking of moving to a retirement home in Hempstead. Far more fun than Hampton Bays. Does anybody else remember the good ol' days when bars and restaurants had more than 3 patrons at a time?

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