Oppose Squaw Road Purchase

East Hampton Town’s proposed purchase of two waterfront lots on Squaw Road in Springs, 1.6 acres in all, and the removal of two houses there so that the land can be returned to its natural condition, has aroused opposition. The site was owned by the late Robert Olson.

In an Aug. 3 letter to the town board, Richard D. Levin, who said 23 other neighbors are also against the purchase, said the group fears that “once the land becomes public it will attract swimmers and picnickers who will trash the property.”

“Possible bonfires, radios, CDs,” Mr. Levin wrote. “Where else in East Hampton can you park your car or truck 40 seconds’ walk to the beach, with no fee or parking sticker required?”

The property is now owned by the Nature Conservancy. The purchase price, $2.6 million, would come from the community preservation fund, which receives the proceeds of a 2-percent real estate transfer tax.

The town board will hold a hearing on the purchase at Town Hall next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Hearings will also be held on several other C.P.F. land purchases. They include the acquisition of 2.2 acres at 79 Bull Path in East Hampton, from Peter Israelson, for $950,000, and of a shy half-acre at 273 Springy Banks Road, East Hampton, for $235,000, from Christine Singer.