The long, winding road that the Beach House, a Montauk summer hotspot for the young and hip, has journeyed, may be coming to a close — or just beginning, depending on what happens at Tuesday’s meeting of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.
At 7:30 p.m. the board is scheduled to hear an appeal of a July 2012 determination by Tom Preiato, the town’s head building inspector, that the Beach House’s poolside bar is illegal under town code. Mr. Preiato added in that determination that “I also noted the creation of a retail shop in what was once a shed. This also lacks the necessary approvals.”
The building inspector found that the bar was catering to the public, “without benefit of a site plan approval and/or a building permit,” rather than to guests of the resort only, its approved use.
The Beach House, owned by Chris Jones and Lawrence Siedlick, is in downtown Montauk on the site of the old Ronjo. Mr. Jones painted the totemic figures outside in gold, appropriate since the establishment proved wildly popular last summer in its first season.