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Nov 9, 2015 3:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Survey Reveals That Lashley Beach Entrance Was On Private Property

Nov 10, 2015 3:39 PM

The Westhampton Beach Village Board approved nearly $200,000 in road repaving work last week, but also saved about $100,000 after the developer behind a new luxury hotel agreed to pay for the relocation of the entrance to Lashley Beach after a survey revealed it had encroached on private property.

A recent examination determined that the vehicle access point to Lashley Beach, one of two beaches owned by the village, is actually situated on private property, on land that once housed the neighboring Dune Deck co-op. In March, the Arizona-based Discovery Land Company purchased the property for $19 million and later razed the building to make way for a high-end hotel.

The error was discovered when the company installed a construction fence around the oceanfront property prior to breaking ground on its hotel, according to Discovery Land Senior Vice President Mark Hissey. “We let the village know, and they didn’t have the funds to move the access,” he said. “So we decided to pay for it.”

Discovery Land has hired Westhampton Beach-based First Coastal Corporation to complete the nearly $100,000 project.

“What this proposes to do is fill a cavity on the backside of the existing dune,” said Aram Terchunian, a coastal geologist and founder of First Coastal Corporation. “We won’t be excavating the dune at all. The area at the crest of the dune, which gets the most wheeled traffic, will be protected with what’s called a ‘mobi-mat.’”

A mobi-mat, a specially constructed mesh mat that makes it easier for vehicles to operate on sand, is already being utilized at Rogers Beach, the other village beach. The one that will be installed at Lashley, however, will be constructed of materials that can hold up under vehicular traffic. The Rogers Beach version is designed for pedestrian traffic.

The work began on Saturday and should be finished later this week, according to Mr. Hissey. “It will be a far better beach access,” he added.

At a meeting on Thursday night, November 5, board members thanked the development company, which is also seeking permission from Southampton Town to construct a luxury golf complex in East Quogue, for its generosity. “This is over $100,000 worth of work,” Village Trustee Brian Tymann said. “This is a really nice thing that they are taking care of through First Coastal.”

Also at last week’s meeting, board members agreed to spend $194,985 to repave Meadow Lane, Reynolds Drive, Stillwaters Lane and Short Path later this fall. The work will be completed by Rosemar Contracting Inc. in East Moriches, and is being paid for using money from the state specifically given to the village for road repaving, according to Mayor Maria Moore.

Board members also set aside $28,000 from the village’s park fund to buy 10 decorative street lamps that will be installed at Glovers Park on Glovers Lane. They also signed off on the purchase of additional materials for the bocce ball court, in the amount of $1,123.59. The court is being installed by Dragonfly Landscape Design Ltd. in Westhampton Beach.

To date, the village has spent nearly $58,000 on the facility. In October, the board agreed to pay the Peat and Son Corporation of Westhampton $17,586 for various landscaping materials. Later, it awarded the same company a $1,280 contract to complete the installation of new walkway edging at the park.

At that time, the board also agreed to pay Dragonfly Landscape Design $5,771 to install a new bocce ball court, and another $4,000 to Soto’s Irrigation for the installation of a sprinkler system.

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