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East Hampton Village may tighten resident beach pass eligibility

Parking at East Hampton Village's Main Beach will

Parking at East Hampton Village's Main Beach will be affected by a change to village code that makes it more difficult for visiting family members of residents to get parking passes. (March 26, 2013) Credit: Randee Daddona

With only about 500 parking spaces at its world-famous beaches, East Hampton Village goes through a lot of trouble to be sure that all of its residents can get parking stickers, and that only 2,900 nonresidents are allowed to buy them. The village sells more than one sticker per parking space, enough to make sure the number of permits are adequate to meet demand without overburdening beaches.

Later this month, the village board will hold a public hearing on a change that could make getting those resident permits just a little harder.

Currently, resident permits go to people who own homes in the village; anyone related to them by birth or marriage also is entitled to one. The permits sold to nonresidents bring in about $1 million a year, and are always sold out long before beach season starts.

The proposed legislation would require those relatives to be staying at the property owner's house when using the permit.

The village board has scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. on the proposed code change.

The village board will meet in the Emergency Services Building at 1 Cedar St.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the proposed legislation.

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