The East End DWI Task Force joined in the effort to curb the drunken rowdiness in Montauk this past weekend, as the East Hampton Town Board weighs several ideas to further quell the endless partying at the far end of Long Island.
Overnight this past Saturday, 20 officers from 11 East End police agencies assisted in patrols in Montauk, making six DWI arrests and two other arrests, and issuing 30 traffic tickets. East Hampton’s own officers in Montauk handled 27 town code violations, 34 vehicle and traffic incidents and issued 20 parking summonses Friday night, and issued 31 town code violations, 17 vehicle and traffic tickets and five parking tickets Saturday night.
In the upcoming weeks, the town board plans to hold several public hearings on new laws also aimed at curbing the Montauk party scene.
The board plans to hold a public hearing on banning parking on the west side of South Edgemere Street on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The ban would be in effect from northwest of the intersection with Elwell Street to the intersection with Edgemere Street, in the vicinity of The Surf Lodge. Suffolk County, which owns Edgemere Street, banned parking on the east side several years ago, and has agreed to allow the town to impose the parking restrictions on the west side, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo told the East Hampton Town Board at a work session July 21.
“It’s been a hazardous condition that’s existed for quite some time,” he said, but added that banning parking will not solve all the traffic problems around The Surf Lodge, where taxis often stop in the middle of the street to let their fares out.
“We’ll try to address that with enforcement action when we can,” he said.
The town is also looking to crack down on businesses that violate the conditions of their music permits, which can be revoked if they receive more than three noise violations in a year.
Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell pointed out that several businesses that have live music in Montauk on a regular basis are pre-existing, non-conforming, and it’s an open legal question as to whether they’re subject to the town’s noise code.
One such business which he said has been uncooperative is The Sloppy Tuna, on the ocean at the end of South Edison Street, which has received nine noise violations this year.
“I’m pointing that out because the chief and I have made an effort to meet with businesses in Montauk,” he said. “We reached out because we’re looking for the highest level of cooperation we can get. We have received some cooperation from some of these establishments. I want to thank them for their efforts. I also want to call out those that are not cooperating. It’s very disappointing that lack of cooperation exists. We will enforce the laws we have at our disposal.”
To that end, the town board will hold a public hearing on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. on whether to revoke the live music permit of Ciao by the Beach on Fort Pond Road, and Mr. Cantwell said he’s asked police to provide him with a list of other locations where noise violations have been issued.
The board is also considering banning drinking during the summer at town beaches in Montauk. A drinking ban has been in effect at Indian Wells Beach for the past two years.
Board members are weighing the potential hours of the ban, and whether it should just apply to beaches in the downtown Montauk area or to all Montauk beaches. Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, the town board liaison to the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee, plans to bring the idea to their next meeting, and the issue will also be on the agenda at the board’s next Montauk work session in September.