NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A popular Hamptons party spot has drawn complaints from neighbors and attention from the cops.
Now, the controversial Neptune Beach Club on Dune Road in East Quoge could be closed and sold.
Neptune was once a historic lifeguard station and is located on three acres of oceanfront property. The spot has been valued for its shimmering waters and tidal marshes.
For some the club represents a lifetime of memories.
“Such a long-standing establishment here. People have grown up going to it and still go to it,” Ryan Markham told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan on Thursday.
Over the past two decades Neptune has become notorious as a party destination for sun-baked revelers from New York City and beyond.
Outdoor patios play host to liquor, bright lights, and loud music.
Neighbors say the club is creating a public safety hazard.
“It’s a danger to the community. And this is a very family-oriented area,” Southampton homeowner Cynthia Ritter said.
Club owners have denied any problems but said that they were interested in selling. The town of Southampton may be interested in buying.
“It is an environmentally sensitive parcel. And, it is very rare that waterfront parcels come before us for acquisition,” Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne said.
Money for the land could come from the town’s community preservation fund. The Group For The East End would like to see a buyer preserve the property and not open it up to reckless development.
“From Shinnecock Inlet to Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton. Only section that looks like it did years ago,” group chairman William McChesney said.
If the town does buy the property it could become open space, a public beach, a community center, or an oceanfront family restaurant.
Public hearings will begin on Oct. 8. The proposed sale price of the club has not been divulged.
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