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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Southampton Village Modifies Surfboarding Legislation

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Southampton Village at their Tuesday, August 20th Board of Trustees Meeting responded to the community regarding incorrect information stating that there was a surfing ban at all Village ocean beaches. A Village code, originating in the 1970’s, placed time restrictions on certain beaches for surfing based on providing a safe environment for all residents to enjoy the water.

The Board of Trustees has the discretionary authority to make modifications to this code at any time for the safety and welfare of its residents. The Board exercised their discretion to modify the existing Village Code and lifted the time restrictions for all beaches with the exception of Coopers Beach. Coopers Beach remains our primary municipal beach for bathers only. 

We continue to be a community oriented Village and encourage our residents and visitors to enjoy our 7 miles of beautiful ocean beaches. 

Following is the resolution that was approved at the 8/28/19 Board meeting:

WHEREAS, §80-1N of the Park and Beach Regulations prohibits the use of surfboards in the water adjacent to that portion of the area lying between the westerly line of Halsey Neck Lane extended southward to the ocean and the easterly line of Old Town Road extended southward to the ocean and also for a distance of 200 feet to the east and west of Fowler Lane extended southward to the ocean, between the 15th day of June and the 15th day of September in each year from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., prevailing time; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to §80-1N(2), the Board of Trustees may designate specific areas within the aforesaid prohibited areas wherein surfboarding may take place, provided said areas of the beach so designated remain clean and orderly; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees finds that surfboarding within the aforesaid prohibited areas, except within the boundaries of the municipal bathing facility at Cooper’s Neck Beach, will not conflict with the use of the beaches for bathing and swimming by the general public, and that there are rules and regulations in place to assure the beaches remain clean and orderly; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that pursuant to §80-1N(2) of the Park and Beach Regulations, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Southampton hereby designates the following additional areas in which surfboards may be used in the water adjacent to the ocean beach:

(1) that portion of the area lying between the westerly line of Halsey Neck Lane extended southward to the ocean to the line marking the westerly boundary of the municipal bathing facility at Cooper’s Neck Beach (which may be adjusted by Village Lifeguards to assure the safety of bathers and swimmers);

(2) that portion of the area lying between the line marking the easterly boundary of the municipal bathing facility at Cooper’s Neck Beach (which may be adjusted by Village Lifeguards to assure the safety of bathers and swimmers) to the easterly line of Old Town Road extended southward to the ocean; and

(3) that portion of the area lying between a distance of 200 feet to the east and west of Fowler Lane

Photo Credit: Dennis Bontempo

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