May 10, 2006
Acquisition Adds To Open Space
It was land surrounded by hundreds of acres of open space. Soon, it'll be land that is open space. Last Friday the East Hampton Town Board voted to purchase 2.2 acres at the end of Upland Road in Montauk. The town will pay approximately $660,000 for the parcel.
It was slated for development, the town's acquisitions manager, Scott Wilson, pointed out. In fact, some clearing has occurred on a small section of the property.
Still, the purchase is an opportunity for the board to build on its policy of buying lands contiguous to open space in the effort to increase the size of the overall preserved property. Wilson noted that the town is looking at still more property in the vicinity of the targeted parcel.
The parcel borders several trails and, according to Wilson, the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society promoted the purchase.
In other town board action, last Friday the board:
• Voted to eliminate the prohibition against dogs on town beaches bordering Fort Pond Bay in Montauk. A public hearing drew no speakers.
• Adopted regulations requiring parking stickers for Fresh Pond in Amagansett, one of the last sticker-free beaches in the town. Again, no one came out to voice an opinion at the public hearing held before the vote.