December 8, 2012
Dear Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and the East Hampton Town Board,
Growing up in Montauk and on Fort Pond was a wonderful experience for me from 1950 to about 1976 that I wouldn't change for anything in the world. Being able to swim in front of Ruschmeyer's, row my boat to town or to Sharon's Beach, fish in front of Bill's Inn over to Lakeside, and in front of the Railroad turnaround was an incredible op. I wasn't the only kid doing that. On any given day there were 25-30 kids on that lake in the summer; it was a safe, outdoor environment for us to enjoy. The beauty and peace and quiet are what the residents of Montauk live there for and why most people come to the east end.
Growing up I became an avid outdoorsman. I hunted and fished all over North and South America, and hunted various places around East Hampton and Montauk. Bob Fisher (Principal of The Montauk School ) taught me and other classmates how to shoot a gun in 7th & 8th grade riffle club in the gym at school, however, never did I hunt or shoot near residential areas. One day I plan to bring my family and grandkids home to Montauk and I couldn't imagine them not feeling as safe as I did!
This past year it has come to my attention that hunting is permitted on Fort Pond. That is absolutely unacceptable! The law needs to be changed! It's extremely dangerous with so many homes, cars and kids on the roads around and near Fort Pond, let alone the noise at day break from people shooting shotguns!
- RELATED: Duck Hunting Ban Called for on Fort Pond
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