Marc Leder, wealthy seasonal renter in Southampton, no longer allowed to party
Southampton officials will no longer allow a wealthy seasonal renter to host weekly parties, after his Fourth of July soiree drew another noise complaint, the town's supervisor said.
Marc Leder, co-CEO of Sun Capital and based in Boca Raton, Fla., failed to secure proper permits for his July Fourth party, but town officials did give him last-minute permission for the event. As a condition, he had to donate $10,000 to the Southampton Youth Services charity and put $50,000 in escrow against potential damages, Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said Saturday.
Throne-Holst did not specify who filed the noise complaint about loud music about 11:30 p.m., but she said that would be the last of the weekly parties, which Leder had been throwing at his summer rental on Bay Lane.
Throne-Holst said neighbors have repeatedly complained of heavy traffic and loud music.
"These parties are totally out of place for the area," said Walter Berman, who also lives on Bay Lane, in the Water Mill area.
"Nobody's quality of life should be compromised as their quality of life has been," Throne-Holst said. "Clearly it's an issue. So the parties need to end."
The parties and complaints were first reported in the New York Post.
Last week, before the Fourth of July gala, code enforcement officials saw a tent being erected on the site without a permit, Throne-Holst said.
"They never bothered to get a special event permit," she said. "From what I understand, there are a lot of people, a lot of cars" at the events.
The town issued a stop-work order for the tent, and Leder hired attorney Eddie Burke Jr. to negotiate a deal to let the party go on, Throne-Holst said. Burke did not return calls for comment.
Throne-Holst said the requirement to make a donation for a late special event permit is not unusual. "We fine them (for late applications) in the form of requiring a donation to a local charity," she said.
Leder had one previous noise violation, which Throne-Holst said has not been paid. The town fine for the first noise violation is a maximum of $1,000. For the second offense, the violation is between $2,500 and $10,000.