Drivers parking their vehicles on a portion of Flying Point Road in Water Mill through Labor Day will be required to display parking passes 24 hours a day in an effort to curb the number of people illegally crabbing in Mecox Bay.

The new law was unanimously passed at the July 28 Southampton Town board meeting and covers the bulkhead area on Mecox Bay and Flying Point Road. Previously, the permits were only required to be displayed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Town Trustees president Edward J. Warner Jr. said at the meeting that the number of crabs in the water north of the Channel Pond Bridge has been depleted. He added that town bay constables had been having trouble enforcing the rules for displaying permits because of the number of crabbers. He said there were 152 violations issued in the area last year.

Applications for the parking passes are available at the Town of Southampton Parks and Recreation Department in Hampton Bays. The fee is $40 for residents and $375 for nonresidents.