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Jul 18, 2014 3:46 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Alcohol Ban At Amagansett's Indian Wells Beach To Be In Effect In August

Jul 21, 2014 3:42 PM

Starting in August, alcohol will no longer be permitted on Amagansett’s Indian Wells Beach.

Last Thursday, July 17, the East Hampton Town Board approved the ban, even though there will be only a few weekends to enforce the new law. But town officials believe it will be long enough to measure its effect.

Those who visit Indian Wells Beach will not be permitted to have alcohol within 1,000 feet east or west of the road ends during lifeguard hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ban would be in effect on weekends and holidays until September 30, when lifeguard protection for town beaches ends.

Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said on Friday that the law would be enforced as soon as it is approved by the Secretary of State’s office in Albany, which he believes will be at the start of August.

“To this point, drinking at Indian Wells has been much more subdued than last year or the year before, and that’s good news, but we are now in the position to enforce an alcohol ban if that’s what becomes necessary at that beach,” he said. “Even the short period of time, a few weekends in August, I’m glad we have that tool available to us.”

During the public hearing on Thursday night, few people were left to speak on the subject because of the length of four hearings before it, but East Hampton Town Trustee Bryan Byrnes said he was pleased with the compromise that was reached by the Trustees and the Town Board.

For months, the two boards had argued about how to address the binge drinking problem at the beach. The Trustees had hoped for no ban or a limited ban, while the Town Board wanted something more far-reaching than 500 feet in each direction from the road ends.

On Friday, Trustee Diane McNally said she was comfortable with the new law because it has a sunset clause, ending the restrictions on the beach on September 30.

“I think we beat this issue to death,” she said. “I’m glad we could reach a compromise. All the reports we’re getting in that area say people are behaving better this year.”

She said a number of factors, like the updated parking lot and addition of the booth at the front of the lot to check for resident stickers, have gone toward improving the situation.

“I’m thinking it’s enough,” she added. “We’ve been through Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Now we can settle into the rest of the summer and see how it goes.”

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No booze but choking people on the beach is ok? Right Nathaniel?
By G (342), Southampton on Jul 20, 14 1:35 PM
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After 2-3 yrs of discussion on the many trash and drinking parties on this particular beach, the ruling comes down. Its old news now. The crowd has dissipated due to the rumbles of discussion. It has been a quiet summer at IW with cars,taxis more controlled by the booth that checks permits. A small showing of authority has been shown to our day trippers. They got it. That's all that was needed, interested effective enforcement. Hopefully this is over. Now about that trash. More work to be done. ...more
By Woods woman (145), East hampton on Jul 20, 14 10:36 PM