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East Hampton board suspends Montauk restaurant's outdoor music

Ciao By The Beach, a Montauk restaurant, is

Ciao By The Beach, a Montauk restaurant, is seen on Sept. 15, 2015. The East Hampton Town Board voted to suspend outdoor music at the eatery. Credit: Newsday / Lisa Irizarry

The East Hampton Town Board Thursday approved a yearlong suspension of outdoor music at the Ciao by the Beach restaurant in Montauk, which has been cited this summer for nearly a half dozen noise ordinance violations.

The vote was 3-1, with Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez absent and Councilman Fred Overton voting against the suspension.

"I fully support the efforts made to get Montauk under control . . . but I think personally it's a little harsh," Overton said before the vote.

Three of the violations were for having loud music and two were for playing amplified music after 9 p.m.

The noise ordinance regulates the decibel level of music.

But an establishment providing live music is also required to have a town music license -- which gives bars and restaurants permission to have amplified music and live entertainment indoors and outdoors.

Supervisor Larry Cantwell said he expected the suspension to go into effect within the next few days.

"We probably have to provide them with official notification [first]," Cantwell said.

Ciao representatives did not attend the meeting and could not be reached for comment.

Cantwell originally pushed for Ciao's music license to be revoked because of the noise violations, but his fellow board members said that consequence was extreme.

The licenses can be renewed automatically if an establishment has no more than three violations in one year.

If it does, assistant town attorney Michael Sendlenski said, the board can vote to revoke, suspend or modify the license, or set limits or impose conditions on the license.

Montauk officials have been cracking down on bars and restaurants that they say have contributed to the resort's problems by attracting unruly young summer visitors.

Town officials have tried to address pedestrian and traffic safety issues as part of the party scene crackdown.

The board voted Thursday to send a letter to the state Department of Transportation seeking permission to prohibit parking on the south side of Montauk Highway on portions of the Napeague Stretch. The area is a state road.

The crackdown on bars and restaurants considered part of Montauk's raucous summer party scene was instituted after residents demanded changes be made to get control of the situation.

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