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Aug 5, 2008 3:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Dune Road residents discuss beach fencing, roads

Aug 5, 2008 3:45 PM

Members of the Greater Westhampton Dune Road Civic Association discussed several issues, including the possibility of installing fences along the beach to keep unwelcome visitors off their land and maintenance issues regarding the stretch of Dune Road that falls in Westhampton, during their annual meeting on Saturday afternoon.

One woman who owns a home on Dune Road asked West Hampton Dunes Mayor Gary Vegliante—one of two guest speakers on Saturday—about the possibility of installing fencing toward the back of her property, which faces the Atlantic Ocean. Several other homeowners also inquired about the possibility, noting that they want to discourage beach visitors from walking on private property.

However, Mr. Vegliante explained that it would be impossible for Dune Road homeowners to install barriers, such as fencing, on their beachfront properties. He then explained that all town residents have the right to walk along the beach as long as they do not stray beyond the crest of the dunes or the high water mark. The section of land between the high water mark and ocean is under the jurisdiction of the Southampton Town Trustees.

Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller, the other guest speaker on Saturday, was asked what could be done about the stretch of Dune Road in Westhampton that falls between the incorporated villages of West Hampton Dunes and Westhampton Beach. Several civic members complained that the half-mile stretch of road, which is under the jurisdiction of Southampton Town, is riddled with potholes.

Mr. Teller explained that maintaining that stretch of Dune Road is not the responsibility of his village. He also noted that, for the past several years, concerned homeowners have inquired about the possibility of either Westhampton Beach or West Hampton Dunes annexing the strip of unincorporated Westhampton. However, Mr. Teller said that no progress has been made on that issue.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vegliante spoke on the merits of living in incorporated villages, such as Westhampton Beach, West Hampton Dunes and Quogue. “I am the biggest advocate for living in a village,” he said, citing higher property values, lower crimes rates and an improved quality of life.

Greater Westhampton Dune Road Civic Association Co-President Olivia Casriel prefaced the meeting, held at Casa Basso restaurant in Westhampton, by stating that the organization has made “many significant contributions to the betterment of the community.” In the past, the group has co-sponsored candidate debates in Westhampton Beach and donated a flagpole that is now displayed outside Westhampton Beach Village Hall.

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“I am the biggest advocate for living in a village,” he said, citing higher property values, lower crimes rates and an improved quality of life. Huh? Quiogue is not incorporated and it has lower property taxes and does not pay for a mayor...now that is quality of life!
By Hambone (514), New York on Nov 12, 09 11:22 PM