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Jun 16, 2015 4:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sagaponack To Explore Ways To Reduce Large Parties In Village

Sagaponack Village officials want to tighten up party permit regulations this summer.
Jun 16, 2015 5:22 PM

Reports of several major parties slated for the July 4 holiday weekend have Sagaponack Village officials considering new rules to curb the number of huge parties, some masquerading as small get-togethers, within village boundaries.

Village Trustee Lisa Duryea Thayer said Monday that she is hesitant to vote to allow any more large-scale parties when there are a number of event organizers who don’t even bother to go through the village’s party permitting process. That problem needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, she said, citing a particular property on Gibson Lane where parties are frequently held, and the hosts merely laugh when issued summonses for being too loud.

“I am just going to put on the record that I am, point blank, not going to be approving any more holiday parties this summer until something changes,” Ms. Thayer said at Monday’s Village Board meeting. “I understand that there are people who work very hard in the valet services, and the whole nine yards, but we have a percent of people, 10 weeks a year, who don’t even bother to come in and fill the darn forms out, or who come in tell us one thing and do another.”

The problem, Ms. Thayer said, lies in the number of parties in Sagaponack. On Monday, the board approved two for the upcoming holiday weekend: one to be hosted by Marc Leder on Sagg Main Street, with approximately 600 guests expected; the other, on Bridge Lane, expected to have more than 100 guests. Those two parties, along with the annual party on Gibson Lane typically held without permits, could potentially draw 1,000 people to the village.

“So we know that we have three parties for that weekend, in large houses with large crowds of people that we don’t know about,” Deputy Mayor Lee Foster said at the meeting. “There is an idea that there are things happening now that we have less and less confidence that are going to be told of, and then the expectation from some people is just that they live here and they are going to be throwing a big party.”

Ms. Thayer noted that the fines for violations like hosting a party without a permit, or for illegal parking and excessive noise, are often insignificant to those who host such parties.

Charlie McArdle, a local security and valet business owner, suggested that the village be stricter in enforcing regulations to dissuade party hosts. He suggested hiring tow trucks to remove any vehicle illegally parked outside of any party without a village permit.

“They are not going to worry about the price of a penalty, but if you hire, on the Fourth of July, a bunch of flatbeds and say that any illegally parked cars are getting towed—now it is their Porsche that is being towed, and you will see a whole different attitude,” Mr. McArdle said.

Village officials agreed that was something to look into.

Another problem, they said, will be restricting the number of approvals of parties, like Mr. Leder’s, that go through the application process.

Trustee William Barbour said he would like to see Mr. Leder’s contract with the village become a model for others. The contract includes provisions for off-site parking and a bus shuttle service, reimbursement for any town emergency services if they are required, hired security, and an insurance liability waiver, and it names the hours when music is allowed to be played.

Village Board members agreed that something needs to be done—without damaging the reputation of the village. “I don’t want this to become a thing that becomes reviled in Sagaponack,” Ms. Foster said. “Like you shouldn’t have a good time when you’re here or something. We want for everyone to have a nice weekend.”

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So now we know what the disgraced SHTPD Cop McArdle is doing.... Go Charlie!
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 17, 15 1:55 PM
If Mrs Thayer would allow us to have the driveway gates we want and not the silly little 4 foot high things her board is currently allowing... she could better mind her own business
Jun 17, 15 6:00 PM appended by joe hampton
village’s party permitting process. LOL what do you vet the guest list to make sure everyone gave enough to the CPF. or do you have John Woodsma pick out what colors are acceptable for the paper plates ?
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Jun 17, 15 6:00 PM
I am just going to put on the record that I am, point blank, not going to be buying anymore furnature and tiki lamps from your husbands store !
Jun 17, 15 6:03 PM appended by joe hampton
... and trust me, you could have put a child through a semester at Harvard with the $ I spent there 2 years ago.
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Jun 17, 15 6:03 PM
Wake up America your rights are dissapearing
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 17, 15 8:16 PM
Incorporated villages are known for creating their own rules as was pointed out. ....Limiting house sizes, limiting driveway lights, limiting gate heights etc etc.

On the other side of the coin, people buy homes there specifically for the exclusivity. No soup for you!

On a side note, you can't put Christmas lights on your home in the village without a permit! Now that's unAmerican.
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Jun 17, 15 9:06 PM
Just demand higher cover fees, that'll reduce the party size.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jun 18, 15 11:15 AM
As stated by Dean Wormer "No more fun of any kind!!!!"
By Colt (37), Wainscott on Jun 18, 15 11:31 AM
As someone else stated... People choose to live in a "village," so along with that comes restrictions. All of the east end Villages tend to be in the business of restricting and controlling things. Village residents tend to have way to much time on their hands, so they worry about things that normal people don't have time to worry about. You could not give me a house in any of the east end villages. Town property doesn't come with the village B. S.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Jun 19, 15 11:11 AM
The audacity! Imagine spending millions on a summer cottage and having the gaul to think you can have friends over for a dirty water dog.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 19, 15 1:24 PM
Where exactly on Gibson Lane is the party? what time does it start and what sort of music are they playing?
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jun 19, 15 4:02 PM
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By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Jun 19, 15 5:17 PM
I have my attorney looking into the legality of letting everyone park on my private property ( lets just say its a field close by ) and hire UBER CAB to shuttle the people who pay the taxes around this town back and fourth from the get together.

Today was the first day this summer I went to the new hardware store in Wainscott instead of that store in BH I will not step foot into again ... You know the one ... and It was just fine. Nice little place with a FRIENDLY staff!

By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Jun 19, 15 5:26 PM
to joe hampton:

Good on you, joe. Provide taxi service to whomever you wish - - - as long as you assume liability.

However, your plans for a sumptuous retirement may be at risk.

Your attorney will tell you this, for a considerable fee.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 19, 15 8:30 PM
Maybe so Hat Head... maybe so
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Jun 20, 15 12:26 AM
Joe it seems HHS does not like that you aer taking matters into your own hands lol
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 20, 15 3:20 PM