Although not an official Surfrider campaign right now, we would like to help give visibility to this issue as it relates to beach access.
Join Us: Thursday, April 9th, At Southampton Village Hall At 6PM
Save Surfing & Access For ‘Non-Village Residents’ At Our Southampton Beaches!
Discussions are being held about turning Wyandanch, Old Town, and/or Cryder’s Lane into ‘Village-Resident-Permit-Only’ beaches. In other words, you would only be able to park there if you are a Southampton Village Resident. Your Non-Resident Southampton Beach Pass or Permit would not work there. So, if you want to continue to surf in the Southampton Village in the summer, please dress nice and meet with us at Southampton Village Hall on Thursday, April 9th, at 6PM Sharp. Please come with prepared statements and a polite manner and we will hopefully be able to solve this like gentleman (or gentlewomen)…
Below is my own proposal regarding the situation…
Solution: 3,000 Non-Resident Village Beach Permits
It seems to me that the decision to make Cryder Lane Beach, Old Town Beach, and/or Wyandanch Beach ‘Village-Permit-Only’ is decidedly unjust and unfair. Many of us, The Town Residents of Southampton, have grown up on these beaches our whole lives only to have them taken away from us even without the option of purchase of Non-Resident Permits. De facto segregation of the beaches when coupled with permit lock-outs is barbaric and totally unfair to those of us who are as much a part of Southampton Town and Village as are the Town Hall, Village Hall, or the once-public Southampton beaches.
Please, do not close out the option of buying Non-Resident permits, to us, the Southampton Town Residents. Many of us have been here for decades, and shutting us out would be abhorrent, immoral, and just plain wrong. Think about it, who shows up at the Polar Bear Plunge? Who comes and organizes the Village and Town beach cleanups? Where do the Southampton Village Policeman (and Policewomen) call home? Where do the dedicated men and women of the Southampton Village Ambulance Corps or the Southampton Village Fire Department hail from and call home? Who has been raised and bred along the shores of the Southampton Village beaches for many a decade?
Please consider this most rational and fair of proposals as a solution to the problem of parking and access to the Southampton Village Beaches…