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May 20, 2019 3:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Renovated Ponquogue Beach Pavilion Will Open May 25

Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni addresses the crowd at the Ponquogue Beach pavilion and facility ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday. DANA SHAW
May 20, 2019 4:01 PM

After months of renovation work, the ribbon was cut at the Ponquogue Beach Pavilion this week. The facility will be open to the public for the summer season.

Members of the Southampton Town Board, the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department, civic groups and members of the Hampton Bays community were on hand on Monday morning for the ribbon cutting at the facility, which will officially open on May 25.

"Walking in here today it felt like a brand new facility in a lot of ways," said Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. "It certainly feels like the old one, but it also feels brand new in its own way."

The $3.35 million renovation of the facility began in November and boasts a new roof, new wood decking, more outdoor showers and updated bathrooms with changing areas. The ramp to the beach has been extended and widened. Indoor and outdoor lighting has been replaced with LED fixtures. The concession stand has been updated and additional seating has been added.

The parking lot has been resurfaced and reconfigured to host rain gardens and will include electric vehicle charging stations.

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... looks great, congrats to all involved.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on May 20, 19 4:03 PM
Rain gardens & electric vehicle charging stations?? Can't wait to check it out!
By Enviro Guy (55), Southampton on May 20, 19 4:32 PM
Good to see that it will be open for Memorial Day weekend. While this is located in HB, it is a public beach and it a substantial revenue generator for the Town of Southampton.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 20, 19 5:58 PM
Let's hope the management has the smarts to implement a process to turn in daily receipts at the end of the day to the bank and not leave it in a wooden shack to be stolen such as an easy inside job.

What is the total revenue from the beach for a season?
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on May 20, 19 11:14 PM
Let's not forget there are other Town beaches that need upgrading to the buildings and parking lots.
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on May 21, 19 10:12 AM
Hope the town board will approve funds to fully maintain the facility and not let it fall to disrepair.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on May 21, 19 11:23 PM
How's that museum at Neptune Beach Club coming along?
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 22, 19 3:26 PM
Everything costs money and the Town spends it the way they want. Very top heavy organization with unsustainable compensation packages including retirement benefits. This project seems to have cost way more than it should have and the Town just spend $8.5 million on a portion of the King Kullen Shopping Center know as 25 Ponquogue Avenue. I am not sure who is watching the store and making sure we get the most for our money.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 22, 19 3:40 PM
What was the 8.5 million for?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 22, 19 10:44 PM
Chief1, The Town Board approved the purchase of the portion of the King Kullen Shopping Center known as 25 Ponqugue Avenue where the Community Center is located plus the vacant section where the Mormons were. I don't see a separate block and lot on the tax roll for that address, so I either missing something or it is part of the block and lot known as 50 East Montauk Highway assessed as $27 million. Seems very high to me, but I am requesting more information. Plus they have taken prime real estate ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 23, 19 9:58 AM
Hope they supply enough of BIG trash cans all over, beach too.
By JDPD61@AOL.COM (10), HAMPTON BAYS NY on May 23, 19 8:39 AM