Carl Darenberg knows Montauk, probably better than anyone else. He is at every party, event, festival, and fishing contest that’s held. And, on the following morning, he shares photos with the rest of the world in cyberspace, including Facebook.
There’s no doubt that by Saturday morning, Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s end-of-season party tomorrow night honoring him as Person of the Year will be posted.
But you can beat him to it by attending the party. It will be held at East by Northeast from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
There will be a cocktail hour with open bar and then a full course dinner with music. Testaments to his character, some good, some as “roasts,” will be heard. Tickets are $75 in advance from the chamber or $85 at the door.
Mr. Darenberg was nominated for the honor by John Keeshan and it was approved unanimously. He is receiving the honor, Laraine Creegan, the executive director of the chamber said, because he not only supports the fishing industry and promotes Montauk businesses but is a hands-on type of guy that asks only when and where he may be needed and jumps in. “I have never heard him say no to anyone,” Ms. Creegan said.
An owner of the Montauk Marine Basin, Mr. Darenberg has been a member of the chamber’s board of directors for 22 (nonconsecutive) years and its treasurer for the last eight. He is also the chairman of the chamber’s harbor committee and is affiliated with many other Montauk organizations.