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May 14, 2019 2:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Neighbors Ask For Help With Legal Fight Against Duryea's In Montauk

The fundraising page “Save Montauk’s Oldest Neighborhood,” was created on behalf of the Tuthill Road Association.
May 14, 2019 4:08 PM

Residents of the neighborhood that surrounds Duryea’s Lobster Deck restaurant on the shore of Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay have hired an attorney and started a GoFundMe account to help with legal costs in what they see as a coming battle with the restaurant’s billionaire owner.

The fundraising page, called “Save Montauk’s Oldest Neighborhood,” was created on behalf of the Tuthill Road Association, a group of residents who live on the narrow streets uphill of Duryea’s in a neighborhood affectionately referred to by its denizens as “Dogshit Alley.”

“There is still a place in Montauk so peaceful and beautiful, it’s lost in time,” the appeal on the fundraising page reads. “It’s a place where kids can ride their bikes and dogs can run in the street and won’t get run over by a car. But now Montauk’s oldest neighborhood is up against a billionaire hedge funder who has sued the town multiple times to get his way, which will change all that.”

The focus of the residents’ ire, and fear, is Marc Rowan, who purchased the Duryea’s waterfront complex in 2014. Since then his attorneys have presented and withdrawn plans to build a sprawling new facility, and have since reintroduced plans for a more modest overhaul of the “restaurant” at the old seafood market.

Last year, the corporate entity under which Mr. Rowan owns the Duryea property filed three lawsuits against the town challenging its authority to regulate various aspects of the property. A settlement of those lawsuits negotiated with former Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski sparked the ire of many Montauk residents as legalizing what critics say has already been an illegal expansion of the food service facilities.

The town has asked a court to nullify the settlement, but since then Mr. Rowan has filed two more lawsuits against the town seeking to prevent the certificate of occupancy that was issued to the restaurant in accordance with the settlement from being revoked.

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