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Oct 13, 2010 2:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Parties are at odds over date of Westhampton Beach Halloween parade

Oct 13, 2010 2:00 PM

Tempers flared at the most recent Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting over the timing of an upcoming Halloween parade, organized each year by the Westhampton Beach Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, and a coinciding trick-or-treat event on Main Street, which is sponsored by the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce.

One Main Street merchant, Erin Finley, told board members last Thursday, October 7, that the parade and trick-or-treat event—both of which are scheduled for Friday, October 29—will cause store owners to lose revenue because the street will be closed between 3 and 5:30 p.m. that day. Ms. Finley, who owns Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, said about 30 of her fellow merchants would prefer if the events were held on Thursday, October 28, instead.

“It is necessary because the merchants do not want to lose hundreds of dollars on a Friday afternoon,” said Ms. Finley, adding that she has spoken with PTA members and they are willing to change the date.

But Ed Korosz, an associate broker at Corcoran Group Real Estate and the vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, said his organization’s application for the trick-or-treat event was approved by the village back in January. He added that October 29 is a better date for students.

In the end, the Village Board unanimously approved the application previously filed by PTA for a parade on October 29. Mayor Conrad Teller said if they agree to change the date, the PTA and chamber can always amend their applications.

As it now stands, the parade will begin at Westhampton Beach Elementary School on Mill Road at 3 p.m. on October 29 and end on Main Street, which will remain closed to vehicles until 5:30 p.m. Children will then be allowed to trick-or-treat at Main Street businesses.

Parking Fines Amended

Westhampton Beach Village Justice Court can now add late fees to unpaid parking fines.

Village parking tickets list a series of late fees that are supposed to take effect if transgressors fail to pay their fines on time, but the village previously failed to give itself the authority to collect the added fees. Board members corrected that oversight with a unanimous vote last Thursday. The parking tickets listing the late fees have been in use by Westhampton Beach Village Police for about one year, according to officials.

A $75 fine is supposed to increase to $150 if it is not paid within 30 days. That fee jumps to $225 after 60 days and $245 after 90 days. A $125 fine is supposed to jump to $250 after 30 days, $375 after 60 days and $395 after 90 days. And the village’s lone $330 fine—reserved for those who illegally park in handicap spots—is supposed to skyrocket to $630 after 30 days, $930 after 60 days and $950 after 90 days.

No one spoke during a public hearing held before the vote.

Fee Rules Loosened

The Westhampton Beach Planning Board now has the power to give builders some leeway when it comes to paying a certain village fee.

The Village Board last week unanimously agreed to allow the Planning Board to set up a schedule for the payment of park fees. Builders were previously required to pay their park fees in one lump sum.

Builders of residential developments of a certain size are required to pay the park fee, which is calculated through a formula based on the size and value of the development. The proceeds go toward building and improving village recreational facilities.

The approved resolution states that the current economic downturn has made it difficult for some builders to pay the fee in one lump sum.

No one spoke during a public hearing that the board opened before passing the resolution.

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This is ridiculous, lets not do anything on mains street, no halloween parades, no outdoors music venues, no parking for more than an hour, etc. I would think that the halloween parade would bring revenue and attention to the businesses on main street. Wake up westhapton Beach this village has too much drama!
By skybound (3), Westhampton on Oct 14, 10 7:40 PM
So whatever happened to celebrating Halloween ON Halloween?

By plplpj (8), westhampton beach on Oct 14, 10 8:11 PM
They can't do it on Halloween because it is a school event and the children gather after classes at the schools to start the parade. This is ridiculous! The parade is absolutely adorable and is a nice event for our community. If the business owners on Main St have forgotten, it is October! The big weekend summer rush is over and it's mostly locals here now. I work at a business on Mill Road and the Parade is something we all look forward to every year. We all dress up and hand out tons of candy ...more
By Jessica713 (20), Easy Quogue on Oct 14, 10 8:20 PM
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also love the parade, but understand that in this economy Friday is better than Thursday, and that could be the difference in payroll.
this was brought up too close to the date of parade, now it can be worked out for next year
By quioguebirdfreak (25), quiogue on Oct 14, 10 10:34 PM
The SH Chamber parade has been changed, and for the exact reason the merchants are complaining and rightfully so in this economy. Just doesn't make sense to close a street on a busy afternoon summer or not. I have a five yr old and more than anything do I enjoy bringing my kid to SH for the parade, but at the same time, these businesses won't be able to afford handing out candy if the economy continues in this direction. Since its a school organized function, its a bit challenging, but why do ...more
By Puros (30), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 10 12:07 AM
the merchants in whb are alway's complaining. remember the oktoberfest in whb ? the merchants shot that down like a ton of bricks. and they complaint about the st patricks day parade. main street is for the community .
By ranger (54), westhampton beach on Oct 15, 10 12:38 PM
She's just pissed because the kids want the traditional candy as a handout and not slices of cheese.

it's not like they are closing the back parking lot and there is no access to main Street

Why not be enterprising and offer a cheese plate with fruit for the poor harried parents. Last year I offered a little wine for my neighbors and we had a lovely evening together.
By Hambone (514), New York on Oct 17, 10 11:45 PM
Maybe the 30 merchants should let the town know who they are so the children and their family's will not shop at the stores
By oldguy (60), hamptons on Oct 18, 10 7:34 AM
My little Nephew is fine with Thursday; he wants to be an Eruv pole. We already found the plastic tubing to encase him in.
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Oct 18, 10 12:59 PM
Bah! Hum...oh wait, wrong holiday. Sorry, kids.
By loading... (601), quiogue on Oct 19, 10 8:45 AM
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By Hambone (514), New York on Oct 19, 10 9:58 PM
Ah, Erin Finley is always complaining about something. She doesnt like the music played on Main Street either. And she doesnt like her merchant neighbor (Shock Ice Cream) either. Generally she doesnt like Main Street at all. So why doesnt her & her husband take their business elsewhere!!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Oct 20, 10 1:18 PM
Shock will only be handing out candy with a purchase ( only kidding ).
Looking forward to a great Parade
By shock (70), whb on Oct 20, 10 11:30 PM