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East Hampton Town's plan to sell golf course heads to Albany

Golfers tee off at the Poxabogue Golf Course

Golfers tee off at the Poxabogue Golf Course in Bridgehampton. (May 15, 2012) (Credit: Ian J. Stark)

A technical snag that delayed East Hampton Town’s efforts to sell its 50 percent interest in the Poxabogue Golf Course to neighboring Southampton Town is being fixed the only way that the law will allow — asking the New York State Legislature to approve the sale for a second time.

The golf course is in Southampton Town, a five-minute drive from the town line. And the two towns agreed to jointly buy the wildly popular nine-hole course in 2004.

It was a complicated real estate deal, because half of the land was zoned residential and that kept the golf course from building storage facilities it needed to operate. And it was the only public golf course in Southampton, with low fees that made it a magnet for high school teams and golfers in both towns.

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Since 2004, East Hampton’s financial problems have forced the town to cut staff and look for property it can sell off, and the payments on the $3.25 million in bonds the town issued for its part of the sale must still be made.

When the deal to sell the town’s share of the golf course to Southampton was first struck more than a year ago, it had to be approved by both houses of the State Legislature, because the property is considered parkland used for recreational purposes.

But the bills passed by the legislature to let East Hampton sell its share of the golf course did not precisely reflect the property lines — the metes and bounds — of the site.

Last week, the East Hampton Town Board voted, 5-0, for a new memorializing resolution asking the State Legislature to once again approve the sale. The bills to do that, A.3357 and S.2920, have already been drafted.

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