Citizens for Access Rights, a group of East End residents who support open access to local beaches, presented a $5,000 check to the to assist in the defense of the current lawsuits on Monday night.
"It brought tears to my eyes," said Diane McNally, the head trustee clerk, on Tuesday.
CfAR was formed earlier this year in response to two lawsuits in which private individuals claimed ownership of the ocean beach at Napeague.
"This is money donated by the working class, local people whom this beach and the ability to access it means so much for the quality of their life," McNally said. "This is not the trustees' defense anymore, this is the town's people's."
Last week, in that a judge did not issue a summary judgement for the Napeague Beach property owners. "There's still a war going on. But, the first battle goes to us," McNally said.
The judge has asked for more information and, McNally said, it is her impression that the judge wants to rule by the spring.
Last year, the trustees set up a dedicated account for legal expenses and the money from CfAR will be deposited there.