The East Deck Motel in Montauk property sold last year and the new owners are planning a massive expansion and conversion to a members-only beach club. Nestled directly behind one of the most popular surf spots in Long Island, Ditch Plains, the project is an affront to all the issues the Surfrider Foundation works on.
Water Quality – the Eastern LI Chapter has been testing water quality at this location and some of the news is not good. Septic systems from this area properties are likely to blame.
Beach Access – the property does go down to the mean high water line and if the new owners wanted to they could restrict that access. NY State Law unfortunately allows it. With a members-only club planned from the onset, this does not look good for beach access.
Coastal Preservation – this area was already impacted by Hurricane Sandy and like numerous properties along this coast, nearby owners took advantage of the “emergency” and illegally dropped rocks on the edge of their properties, sometimes on the beach. It is only a matter of time for this parcel.
Special Places – It doesn’t get much more special than Ditch Plains. An iconic and reliable surf spot frequented by world travelers, working class locals, millionaire surfers and millionaires who wished they could surf.Aerial photo of Ditch Plains by Dalton Portella during Hands Across the Sand 2010.
Here are PDF’s of the drawings and applications submitted to the Planning Board.
For background on the issue see this East Hampton Star article.