Shark Attack Sounds Party Permit Approved 3-2

An East Hampton Town permit for Ben Watts’s Shark Attack Sounds party, slated this year for Friday, July 5, at the Montauk Yacht Club, was approved in a split 3-to-2 vote at an East Hampton Town Board meeting last Thursday.

    Councilwoman Sylvia Overby and Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who voted against issuing the permit, cited the size of the party — 3,900 guests are expected, according to the permit application, although thousands showed up last year at a party slated for 800 — and the inability of the board to fully review the application, given the time constraints.

    Plans are to have parking at Rita’s Stables in Montauk, but this week it came to light that the town had some time ago purchased the development rights on the land there with the community preservation fund, precluding its use for anything other than agriculture-related activities.