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Sailing club can use Southampton facilities

A file photo of a Southampton Town board

A file photo of a Southampton Town board meeting. Credit: Newsday/Mitchell Freedman

The Southampton Town Board passed a resolution Tuesday that would allow a sailing club to use town facilities at Mecox Bay Park for a sailing school, despite a temporary restraining order still in effect filed by a group of nearby homeowners.

The Southampton homeowners are opposed to resurrecting the defunct not-for-profit sailing club in their neighborhood, and obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the clearing of wetlands. The town has asked for a dismissal of the order. The next court date is scheduled for March 2.

The lawsuit -- against the Town of Southampton and the nonprofit Mecox Sailing Association Inc. -- was filed Sept. 7 in State Supreme Court in Riverhead by the Mecox Bay Civic Association and homeowners who oppose the club. It contends that the town did not follow its own code when making a determination on whether to conduct an environmental study of the plan for the school, including bathroom facilities and the school’s effect on the ecosystem. The town’s department of land management classified the clearing of some of the beachhead as an “unlisted action,” which means it will not have an adverse effect on the environment.

Mecox Sailing Association Inc. filed its application with the town on July 14, 2010, and seven public hearings have been held on the matter.

Above: File photo of Southampton Town board meeting.



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