The number of town code summonses issued in Montauk during this past summer's crackdown on disruptive partying was more than double last year's total, according to a report compiled by the East Hampton Town Police chief.
Michael Sarlo presented his findings to the town board earlier this week during a Town Hall work session.
Sarlo said that from July 1 through Labor Day, there were 6,662 calls for service townwide, with 2,747 coming from Montauk. That is 390 more calls from the hamlet compared to last summer.
More than 650 town code summonses were issued in Montauk, which Sarlo said was more than double the figure from last summer. The offenses including carrying open containers of alcohol and public urination, noise and litter infractions.
"In case anyone missed it, we've been a little busy this summer," Sarlo told board members on Tuesday. "The numbers bear out the results of increased uniform patrols." He added that board members' approval of overtime for enforcement personnel "allowed officers to be more proactive."
Code and law enforcement efforts were stepped up in the wake of a rowdy Fourth of July weekend during which police logged a record 400 complaints. Montauk residents and some business owners demanded that town officials and authorities address problems ranging from noise to public drunkenness.
Townwide, there were 229 arrests, two fewer than last summer. Driving while intoxicated offenses numbered 73, down nine from 2014. About one-third of all the arrests were made in Montauk, Sarlo said.
The police chief noted to board members that problems with raucous behavior by summertime visitors to the hamlet are not new, but likened this year's troubles to a "perfect storm."
"The extreme conditions did shed a light on the problem," Sarlo said.