As the traditional end of the high season approaches, it is worth taking stock of how things went and whether the South Fork is on the right path.
Think of Montauk with its jam-packed bars affecting nearby residences. Think of Indian Wells Beach that became so popular with 20-something beer bashers that some of its regulars no longer found it attractive. Think of the racket from the airport, the dread of a trip to the grocery store. Think of massive, illegal parties in rented houses whose hosts East Hampton Town officials failed to prosecute.
Consider for a moment, if you will, that for many of us, the only tranquillity that can be found any longer between Memorial Day and Labor Day is on our own or friends’ properties — and in too many cases, not even there.
If anything, what we have been hearing from friends and acquaintances is that this summer has been one for the books in terms of crowds, noise, traffic, and annoyances. Though we have said it before, it seems that East Hampton Town and Village and their surroundings need no more of anything in July and August — not one more bicycle, high-end shop, pricy restaurant, house, or weekend visitor.
This might sound like anathema to those who think more is better, those whose bread is buttered by the real estate business or who own or work in businesses that are only seasonal. But there comes a time when more growth will only hurt the place. Have we hit that point? It sure seemed like it this summer.
Money and the pursuit thereof has been ascendant this year. It need not be so, however, and a tilt back toward those who consider this place or want to make it home would be welcome.