At the Surf Lodge
At the Surf Lodge

The owners of The Surf Lodge in Montauk have reached a settlement with East Hampton Town resolving a number of site plan and music permit issues, after years of litigation, and complaints from the community about loud music, excess traffic and pollution of Fort Pond by the venue’s outdated septic system.

In a State Supreme Court settlement dated June 29, Surf Lodge owners Montauk Properties, LLC and JC Hospitality LLC agreed to a decreased total occupancy of 395 people, down from 450, and to not host any live music after 8 p.m. The venue will only be allowed to have live music between May 15 and Sept. 15 and only on Wednesdays through Sundays, and for no more than two hours per day.

The Surf Lodge has also agreed to implement all components of a sound mitigation plan approved by East Hampton Town in 2010.

The Surf Lodge has also agreed to file a survey of their property within 30 days and provide access to the property to town personnel within 15 days after the survey is received, after which they will have 60 days to submit an updated site plan to the town Planning Board.

The Surf Lodge has also agreed to install an updated septic system and an interior fire suppression system in its lobby, dining room, and bar within 100 days of receiving permits for the systems.

If those actions are not taken within the time frame in the settlement, The Surf Lodge has agreed to halt commercial activity there until the conditions are met.

The East Hampton Town Board approved the settlement during a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28. The full text of the settlement is online here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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