Southold Releases Summer Beach & Recreation Rules

Southold Town will be limiting beach access to residents only this summer, will not be opening up beaches to swimming before June 27, and will only be opening a limited number of pickleball and tennis courts at town parks, the town announced on Thursday, May 21.

Effective May 21, beach, road end and boat ramp use continues to be restricted to “Residents Only,” according to the town. All vehicles must have a “Resident Parking” permit displayed.

“This requirement will be strictly enforced,” according to the town. “Those who do not adhere to the rules are subject to removal from any park or beach.”

“For residents who have not yet been able purchase a permit, they are available from the Drive-Through building at the Southold Town Annex (the former Capital One Building) on Route 25 in Southold. Hours are Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Parking stickers that were to expire on December 31, 2019 shall be valid until June 14, 2020.

There will be no lifeguards on duty and bathrooms will not be opened before June 27. 

The town says it will enforce social distancing guidelines at all times.

Masks are required at all times on the beach unless stationary on a blanket, chair, towel, etc. or during swimming. Gatherings on the beach shall be members of the same household only and gatherings in the water are prohibited.

Southold Town parks and preserves will continue to be open for passive use.

A limited number of tennis courts and pickle ball courts will be open for public use, subject to the restrictions, requirements and prohibitions posted on site.

All team, league or club organized games/competitions are prohibited per New York State mandate.

All other courts/ball fields, and playground equipment will remain closed, also per state mandate. No bathroom facilities, benches, tables or water fountains will be available for use at any of the parks.

Masks or social distancing of no less than 6 feet must be adhered to at all times, and all residents must carry a mask at all times on all town properties. 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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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