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Jan 23, 2017 1:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Second Public Hearing On North Sea Day Camp Scheduled For Thursday

More than 80 people attended the first public hearing on the change of use proposal of a camp near Little Fresh Pond.  JEN NEWMAN
Jan 23, 2017 1:44 PM

The second public hearing focusing on a proposed change of use needed to legalize a preexisting day camp in North Sea will be held on Thursday, January 26, at 6 p.m., at Southampton Town Hall.

The first hearing on the application, filed by the operators of the Southampton Country Day Camp on Majors Path, was held in December and attracted dozens of community members who either shared their support for the operation, or voiced concerns about its potential environmental impact. Filed by camp owner Jay Jacobs, the application now before the Southampton Town Planning Board seeks to alter the land’s permitted use from “tennis club and tennis camp” to “tennis club and day camp”; the change is needed to legalize all activities currently being offered at the facility, including tennis lessons, swimming and other sporting activities during the summer months.

If approved, the reclassification would also allow various modifications to the 17.29-acre property near Little Fresh Pond to proceed. That proposed work includes updating certain facilities, such as the installation of new decks and storage sheds, as well as the widening of the existing driveway in order to provide additional room for buses to turn.

At the first hearing on the draft environmental impact statement held on December 8, opponents argued that the modification would sidestep their ongoing legal challenges to the camp’s continued operation, alleging that it has resulted in an increase in campers who, in turn, are creating more noise and harming the quality of water in the nearby pond. Supporters of the application argue that the camp, which is open 18 weeks a year, does not use Little Fresh Pond and, therefore, has no impact on the body of water.

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This town could definitely use solid locations and organizations for the local youth.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Jan 23, 17 11:00 PM
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Who would have believed that zoning disputes could be so easily resolved - - - just change the name of the business! Are current uses impermissible if we refer to it as a "Tennis Club and Tennis Camp"? Well let's just lose that second "Tennis" and replace it with "Day" - - - VOILA! (What delightful casuistry. We should all preserve this rationalization in memory as the quintessential example of that word's meaning.)

Residents should give thanks that there is no geological indication ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 25, 17 10:25 AM