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More police in the mix as Montauk preps for Labor Day holiday

Montauk revelers wait quietly in a long line

Montauk revelers wait quietly in a long line early Sunday, July 19, 2015, to get into the Sloppy Tuna in downtown Montauk. Credit: Doug Kuntz

East Hampton Town officials will increase police patrols in Montauk during this Labor Day weekend as part of ongoing efforts to avoid a repeat of the July Fourth weekend that led to the issuance of 400 violations for public urination, drunkenness and other offenses.

Alex Walter, executive assistant to East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell, discussed the town's holiday plans in a telephone interview Thursday after one of the weekly meetings local law enforcement officials and Cantwell have had since the July holiday.

Cantwell was unable to attend yesterday's meeting at Town Hall, but Walter, who was there, said marine patrol officers will also be part of this weekend's stepped-up efforts.

"We've authorized the resources to be able to patrol the area, especially for police," Walter said. "It'll be the last weekend of the season. "It's been a great summer weather-wise and we appreciate people coming to our town, but we want them to respect the town, its people and the environment and leave the town the way they found it."

Police Chief Michael Sarlo said during a telephone interview Thursday that there will be more foot patrols to check for open containers of alcohol and to keep an ear out for excessive noise.

"We're taking a proactive approach," Sarlo said, adding that while he could not estimate how many people might visit Montauk for the weekend, police are prepared for those who might overdo things as they celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

Sarlo noted that the marine police, who are part of his department and involved in an increased police effort since July Fourth, will augment the downtown patrols by watching the beaches and waterways.

"They'll be patrolling looking for beach fire violators and litter, and open containers of alcohol that comes off the beach," Sarlo said.

After the July Fourth holiday, overtime was authorized for police, code enforcement and fire officials to monitor and respond to problems at bars and restaurants downtown that attract young, disruptive summertime visitors to the hamlet.

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