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Pole for Surveillance Yields More Questions on Georgica

Code enforcement officer says he's investigating the legality of a new structure.

There's more trouble brewing at the where a fence was erected on the beach in September.

Homeowner Mollie Zweig has had a tall pole erected with a surveillance camera on top of it, recently. On Friday morning, East Hampton Village code enforcement officer Tom Lawrence said that he is looking into possible charges for erecting yet another structure within the dune of the Coastal Erosion Hazard zone.

At a meeting of the group Citizens for Access Rights on Wednesday night, Lawrence said village officials noticed the pole and large camera went up after some alleged instances of vandalism on the steel pilings, meant to be a fence, on the beach. Those pilings -- over two dozen of them -- landed Zweig in court.

Zweig and her partner Bob Sullivan were issued summonses in September citing each of them for three counts of violating village law under sections pertaining to the beach - the Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas Act, which the DEC allows the village to regulate - and Preservation of Dunes.

Punishment under each section of the code vary from $250 to $1,000 in fines to up to six months in prison with regards to the Coastal Erosion law.

Due in court last month, they sent representation, Lawrence said. However, because the charges are considered criminal, the date was postponed and they will have to appear themselves.

Although the property does belong to Zweig and she does have the right to reclaim it after an instance of avulsion, such as occurred after Hurricane Irene in September, the law is very clear, Lawrence said, “No structures on the beach.”

Lawrence said that there are remedies such as getting a permit to put up snow fence by the dunes to help foster the gradual accretion of sand, replant the dunes and move the fence shoreward over time.

Zweig's next door neighbor tried putting up a snow fence without permits, but immediately after being advised of the violation, removed the fence. "Compliance occurred so fast I didn't even have time to send out the notification," Lawrence said. The property owners can apply for a permit, but have not done so yet, he said.

Lawrence said that the matter also becomes an issue of public safety. He said, “It not only impedes public access but it impedes emergency services.” He explained that at high tide the water comes up to the fence, making that area impassable.

As for the pole with the security camera, Lawrence said Zweig is perfectly in her right to have a security camera on the property. The issue is whether the pole is legal. "We are reviewing that in contemplation of charges," he said on Friday.

MARTIN DREW November 04, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Quit pussy footing around ... If the law is clear "No structures on the beach" Remove the violation as per the law ... No special treatment ; the law is the law ... ENFORCE IT!
Audrey Stonemetz November 04, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I agree completely!
S.B. Bonacker November 04, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Memo to Town: Just enforce the law already and remove those poles. This woman is having the last laugh if they continue to stay up.
Sunny Day November 04, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Criminal Charges and they don't show up to court?? The arrogance is just mind-boggling. Georgica is trashed. And while the security pole may be perfectly legal, it is an affront to all beachgoers. We go to the beach to get away from stuff like this. Now it's everywhere???
Big Dog November 04, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Maybe there should be a mass "Moon" sighting at GB just for them the see...
Audrey Stonemetz November 04, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Ok ! Lets show them that enough is enough! People cannot take over without special permits! Or may they asume they are always right! We all must abide by the laws!
Audrey Stonemetz November 04, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Ok ! Lets show them that enough is enough! People cannot take over without special permits! Or may they asume they are always right! We all must abide by the laws!
MARTIN DREW November 04, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I'm liking the. "moon party" ... Keep us posted as to the gathering time and date .. I'll lean over to support the purpose ..
S.B. Bonacker November 04, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Can we yank up those poles ourselves and melt them in a bonfire at this "Moon Party" - if so.......I'm there, count me in.
Peter Handal November 05, 2011 at 10:28 AM
Good for Tom Lawrence. Keep up the good work, Tom.
SadderBudweiser November 05, 2011 at 10:40 AM
Mollie don't surf.

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