Eastern Long Island Chapter


The East Deck Motel, long a visual cornerstone of Ditch Plain, is about to be converted into a private membership beach club, according to plans submitted to the East Hampton Town Planning Board. T.E. McMorro

Save Ditch Plains / Stop ED 40

For a history and all materials on this campaign click here or choose the Save Ditch Stop ED40 Category down the right side.

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.Handsacrossthesand2Aerial 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.

ED40 First Floor       ED40 Second Floor       ED40 Elevations

ED40_Special Permit Application.
Environmental Assessment for East Hampton Town ED40 Application

For background on the issue see this East Hampton Star article.

and also the New York Times Article here – ED40 Montauk for Members Only