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Jan 20, 2016 12:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Crews Demolish Former Turtle Bay Night Club

A construction truck picks up debris from the old Turtle Bay night club in East Quogue. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jan 20, 2016 12:48 PM

Demolition crews knocked down and hauled away the remnants of a former East Quogue nightclub over several days last week.

Workers with Mattituck Environmental Services of Cutchogue started demolishing the Montauk Highway building, which most recently housed the Turtle Bay nightclub, on January 12, according to Mary Wilson, manager of Southampton Town’s Community Preservation Fund. The firm was paid $32,400 for the job, which was completed late last week, using money from the CPF, she added.

The land, which borders on Weesuck Creek, was purchased for little more than $2 million last year by the town, also using proceeds from the CPF. The town intends to preserve the property.

Town Board members agreed to demolish the derelict building, also once home to the Mad Hatter nightclub, in November. Shortly after that they began soliciting bids from potential contractors interested in completing the demolition work.

Ms. Wilson said this week that the land will likely become a park that will be accessible to the public. She noted, however, that a final decision must still be made by the Town Board.

When the town purchased the land, which includes both 391 and 395 Montauk Highway, nearly a year ago it did so with the intention of preserving it. Part of the goal, they said at the time, was to protect the environment and to help restore the quality of water in nearby Weesuck Creek.

Local environmentalists are concerned with the high levels of nitrogen in the waterway, which has been at the center of several recent algal blooms. Last May, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation closed most of western Shinnecock Bay to shellfishing due to the presence of a potentially deadly marine biotoxin produced by a “red tide” algae bloom. That closure marked the third time in four years that the western portion of the bay had been closed to shellfishing in the spring because of the blooms of the algae, known as Alexandrium.

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Not that I am opposed to the removal of the building, but the article would suggest that the building contributed to brown tide and nitrogen levels. I am curious how this could be. As for turning it into a park, how is that restoring the quality of water and preserving the land ?
By typical (63), southampton on Jan 21, 16 3:55 PM
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By typical (63), southampton on Jan 21, 16 3:55 PM
It was a night club.

It employed people. It added to our tax base.

I didn't know CPF was created to destroy the economy...

Vote row B
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 11:23 AM
Turtle Bay?

Are they talking about the old Mad Hatter? Never heard of Turtle Bay.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jan 24, 16 8:02 AM
Another property taken off the tax rolls, CPF takes our money when we buy and then uses it to increase our taxes. Don't think this was the original intent. Time for them to use their money for other purposes like cleaning up the waterways and sewer development.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jan 24, 16 10:32 PM