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Montauk bar owners face fines, jail over noise

The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk on July 9,

The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk on July 9, 2012. Credit: Doug Young

An East Hampton Town Court judge is expected to make a decision on Nov. 9 about whether to impose fines or jail for the operators of the Sloppy Tuna and the Surf Lodge in Montauk after they were cited for numerous noise violations during the summer.

Assistant Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said 13 violations were issued to the Sloppy Tuna and eight to the Surf Lodge during June, July and August.

Representatives of the Sloppy Tuna and the Surf Lodge could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Local officials have been cracking down on establishments that they say attract a young, rowdy summertime crowd that residents and some business owners said needs to be brought under control after more than 400 complaints were made to police during a particularly raucous July Fourth weekend this year.

Callers reported incidents of public urination and drunkenness, and complained about loud music and other infractions.

Sendlenski said that, if found guilty of the noise violations, fines and imprisonment can be imposed. He said the punishment for a first offense is a fine of up to $1,000. A second offense carries a fine of $1,000 to $2,500 and a third offense carries a fine of $2,500 to $10,000. First, second and third offenses are also punishable with jail time up to 15 days.

Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said the number of noise violations issued to the Surf Lodge and the Sloppy Tuna "begs the question of how much each of these establishments is trying to cooperate [with the town's efforts and ordinances]. I think the numbers show there is no true desire to cooperate."

The Sloppy Tuna, on South Emerson Avenue, is a restaurant, bar and nightclub, and the Surf Lodge, on Edgemere Street, is a hotel and restaurant that features indoor and outdoor bars.

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