Montauk Locals Will Confront East Hampton Town Board Tuesday

A group called Montauk Locals, which was formed on Facebook recently in response to the crowds, drinking, noise, and traffic of the summer scene in Montauk, is urging concerned residents to gather at the Montauk Firehouse at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to greet the East Hampton Town Board, which will be having a 10 a.m. meeting there.

B.J. Wilson, a founder of the group, said on Monday that the intent is to show the town's elected officials how many taxpayers are seeking urgent action to crack down on enforcement of town laws and to gain control over what they say has become an unacceptably chaotic situation.

Although residents are allowed to speak during the public comment portion of the town board's work sessions, Mr. Wilson and others have been urging homeowners to bring their families to the firehouse parking lot in a show of solidarity.

Conditions in Montauk came to a head over the long July Fourth weekend, with many complaints and calls for action. This weekend, the East Hampton Town Police Department used social media to inform the public about its enforcement efforts and to disseminate information about local laws.

A Facebook post on Friday urged drivers to be safe on the roads in heavy traffic and noted that “open alcohol on our streets is NOT permitted.” Nor is it allowed in taxis or other cars. “Don’t drink and drive, and respect the peace and order of our community,” the police post said.

In another post, added yesterday, town regulations regarding beach fires were reiterated.  On Twitter, police reported Saturday that over the previous night in Montauk 21 parking tickets, 12 traffic tickets, and 23 summonses for violations of the town code had been issued, along with one driving while intoxicated arrest.

Yesterday, the police reported overnight statistics including  37 town code violation tickets issued, 16 parking tickets, and 24 traffic citations. Five arrests were made