The following statement was read at a Southampton Village meeting in June –
The Surfrider Foundation, Eastern Long Island Chapter is a local, grass roots not for profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide.
The Eastern Long Island chapter is dedicated to maintaining and acquiring beach and ocean access rights, to preserve our coastline and improve the overall quality of Long Island’s coastal environment.
The chapter has been involved in the fight to protect the public’s access to the Picnic Area dating back to the defeat of the Brodsky bill in 2005. We continue to support our members and friends at the Picnic Area.
Beach access is a paramount concern of the Surfrider Foundation. Our organization opposes any action that will limit access to our beaches and privatize this access for the enjoyment of a few. We urge the Village to find a solution that will allow our residents continued enjoyment of the beaches as they have for many years. Once we start to privatize our beaches for the enjoyment of a few, a dangerous precedent is set.