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Jun 29, 2016 10:52 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Begins Crackdown On Nightclubs

The Jue Lan Club was handed a restraining order from  Southampton Village due to multiple code violations.
Jun 29, 2016 10:52 AM

Amid complaints about noise at several establishments in Southampton Village, one of its more popular nightspots has been ordered to stop operating as a nightclub.

Village officials on Tuesday obtained a restraining order against Jue Lan Club on Elm Street, limiting its operations to a restaurant with an upstairs apartment, after multiple code violations.

Attorney Anthony Tohill filed for the restraining order, on behalf of the village, in State Supreme Court on Monday, and a follow-up court date has been set for Thursday, July 7, to ensure that the restaurant’s owners follow the order. A representative of the 268 SH Realty Corporation, which is listed as a defendant and also operates Arno Ristorante in Manhattan, declined to comment, saying they knew nothing about a restraining order.

The certificate of occupancy allows the owners to operate a restaurant with a bar, with outdoor seating—allowed under a special exception granted in 2008—and to have a second-floor apartment.

But Dean McNamara, the village fire marshal, said in court documents that the restaurant’s operators had built an outdoor entertainment area where a DJ plays dance music, converted a detached garage into a lounge area, placed tables and chairs along the sidewalk to serve food and drinks, converted the second-floor living room into living quarters for the kitchen staff, placed outdoor propane heaters near the exit areas of a tent covering the outside dining area, and used portable toilets instead of bathrooms.

Mr. McNamara said no permits were obtained to build the outdoor entertainment area or to convert the garage into a lounge area, no site plan approval was obtained, and the operation of the facility as a nightclub is not allowed by village code, among other things.

Meanwhile, neighborhood residents say they have had it with the noise generated from several popular nightspots. Among them are Jay Fitzpatrick and Roger Blaugh, who spoke on behalf of the Southampton Village Neighborhood Association at a Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 21.

Mr. Fitzpatrick told the Village Board that on weekends Elm Street is lined with cabs, Uber vehicles and limousines, and that is has even been used for private valet parking—despite the fact that in many places signs are posted that say parking, stopping and standing are prohibited.

Mr. Fitzpatrick said he is regularly awakened around 1 a.m. by yelling, hooting and loud music. He said he gets dressed, calls the police, goes downstairs to find out where the noise is coming from, calls the police and watches them write summonses.

Some of the offenders, he said, are Jue Lan Club, the Southampton Social Club at 256 Elm Street, Kozu at 136 Main Street, and the old Polish Club at 230 Main Street.

“We need a dedicated presence outside of the clubs from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. all summer, weekends and holidays,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “This is a hot zone and it needs to be tamed. It is completely out of control and getting worse.”

Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings said his officers have been down at the clubs issuing summonses and writing tickets for public urination, open alcohol and drugs. “It’s a difficult situation because we don’t have the powers as a police department to just stop people from doing this level of offense,” he said. “It’s a village code offense. The court has to find them guilty. Unfortunately, those aren’t immediate things.”

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I read in the NY post that Jue Lan serves a $27,000.00 bottle of Rose. One would think that they could up with something better than portable toilets--although some can be quite luxurious, such as those used at Art Southampton type events.
Jun 29, 16 4:32 PM appended by Toma Noku
Oh did I forget to mention Chris Cuomo allegedly drag racing in front of the place, and running into a parked car and skeddadling away before police arrived as per the NY Post...
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jun 29, 16 4:32 PM
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Chris Cuomo , his wife and wifes' friends are untouchable in this town. Freaking disgusting.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 29, 16 6:27 PM
Too bad they don't live on Elm
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 11:33 PM
The Cuomos are die-hard liberals, politically connected, and thus are allowed to get away with things you and I would be arrested for. That is the cost of placing the liberal elite on pedestals. "Move On" , as some say....
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jun 29, 16 6:28 PM
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Yea was wondering why the Cuomo story wasn't on this site?
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jun 29, 16 7:18 PM
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So one dud
By JoeCredit (2), on Jun 30, 16 11:14 AM
So one dude has a problem with noise and a whole set of livelihoods go down the toilet? Seems legit. These awful whiners are the true menace to a place that lives on tourist dollars. It'll be quiet. Dead quiet
By JoeCredit (2), on Jun 30, 16 11:27 AM
I agree, I noticed the Driver's Seat turned into a graveyard in the late '90's around the time the SVPD started really harassing drivers on Hill St. late at night. I'd drive into the Village at night and the patrol cars would tailgate me very closely, (seemingly) trying to make me nervous and commit an infraction.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jun 30, 16 1:42 PM
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the "clubs" in question have made life hell for the FULL TIME RESIDENTS who live near them. Glad to see the Village using all tools at there disposal to bring back some peace and quiet.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 1, 16 6:31 AM
Its not just one "dude' complaining, but it does take one person to get the ball rolling!! When a neighborhood is being disrupted by drunken people very late at night , clearly something needs to change!!

Livelihoods go down the toilet because the law is being broken pal!!! Think about it!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jul 1, 16 6:33 AM
The Driver's Seat went down the tubes at that time due to the new owner who made the place quite unhospitable to the local patrons. Seems as if the Publik House has breathed some life into the space.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 1, 16 6:33 AM
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By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jul 5, 16 8:51 AM
How would you like it next door to you? One person is as important with respect to this issue as many people - when I lived on North Main the music from Seasons came right into my window - was that fair? That was never an outdoor restaurant when purchasing our property - now disco comes into the window - How would that affect your three year old trying to go to sleep?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 3:34 PM
Also, the State Liquor Authority needs to step in and stop these establishments from over pouring and then sending these partiers out to drive home drunk...I.E. The Paul Hanson incident last summer should serve as a serious example of the consequences. They are suppose to be responsible with the dram shop laws in this state yet they get away with sending drunks onto our roadways turning a blind eye to their obligations to the state to keep people from harm.
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Jun 30, 16 2:21 PM
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In the 80s the town had it's hands full with bars on north highway drawing thousands. Sure most of the big bars are gone but the town is so high class now that the little village bars are next.
By ScottMigdol (1), East Quogue, New York on Jul 1, 16 3:33 AM
Remembering when people were hit by cars walking along the highways intoxicated after drinking at the clubs - it was single file parking on both sides of the highway - totally dark without many road lights in those days - remember that part? Think that's an acceptable side effect of partying in the Hamptons?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 3:37 PM
That's what you get when you rent out your place on memorial day to the cuomos. You get a crowd so obnoxious that you aren't allowed to do it again for the rest of the summer. If that place wants to be mad at anyone, they can be mad at the mutual admiration society who were all born on 3rd and think they all hit triples.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jul 1, 16 7:36 AM
The owners of these businesses are not local people --they come here and set up seasonal "pop-up" operations to follow their city customers who migrate east for the summer, so sorry for them you should not feel, and ESPECIALLY because, as the article states, they flaunt their privileges by violating their COs.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 1, 16 10:51 AM
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230 Elm is locally owned....but they are a catering hall and something us locals need here. The employees there are mostly local people who work year round . Tim is much more respectful than these other places!

Shut down these other nuisance clubs ! Create an small eatery/coffee shop that caters to the people using the train !! Maybe this will entice more people to take the train.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jul 2, 16 8:16 AM
They scofflaw out on paying employees and paying taxes too...
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 3:38 PM
I understand letting small business getting a little leniency, but this owner broke every code there is.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 1, 16 11:31 AM
These clubs needs to be controlled!!! Almost got into an accident last night because of these idiots being too concerned with finding a parking space rather than checking their mirrors! Literally slammed on the breaks an held my breath!!! Note to self....take the long way home instead of Elm street and past the train!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jul 2, 16 8:10 AM
The Chief's comments don't make any sense to me. Public urination and open alcohol are Village code offenses (just like every parking ticket and a plethora of other offenses), of which you have to be found guilty.

I think the only difference is the urinator has enough sense not to do it again.

Seems to me not all establishments are treated equally.
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Jul 2, 16 7:08 PM
“We need a dedicated presence outside of the clubs from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. all summer, weekends and holidays,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “This is a hot zone and it needs to be tamed. It is completely out of control and getting worse.” ... The police and code enforcement have nothing better to do but sit outside this place for 5 hours every night. Sorry, a little unrealistic.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jul 5, 16 8:52 AM
will not be long before SHV turns into the Hampton Bays of the 80's,90's ..WTG Mayor Inemptley..
By sig9226 (2), water mill on Jul 6, 16 10:12 PM
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Yes sig9226 - Wait until they convert that building just east of the train station into "Boardy Barn 2"....
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 11:44 PM
230 Elm...ha....the worst
By glass124 (1), on Jul 7, 16 11:07 AM
To live on North Main in the summer is to hear pub/club crawlers drunkenly and loudly in groups wander up and down Layton from Elm to where Publick House used to be and now it's something or other Cantina...

Here's a laugh for you all - People have left so many Publick House pint glasses in our privet hedge that now we have a set of 6 glasses...
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 11:38 PM