A report on May 17th’s Community Forum


We had a wonderful meeting May 17, 2009, with our excellent, dedicated community organizations. We hope to have more in the future. It was great to see common ground and share concerns and focus. Everyone expressed an interest that it be repeated in the future with an increased number of groups.


All representatives spoke well, and attendance was good (at least 75 people, we estimate). Perhaps as important was to hear the various groups speaking to each other about common concerns. There was an obvious sense that uniting on various issues would strengthen us as a community. We also hope that any groups not attending this time would consider doing so next time, so we can update each other.


We urge you all to look for community developments by checking this email and also by visiting the groups' websites, many of which are available on our "service" and "act locally" web pages.


If anyone from another representative group is reading this, and would like to attend the next meeting, do please let us know at info@savesagharbor.com .  We know that not all of our community was present, but we hope to expand the next meeting. It was both lively and truly informative for all who attended.

 

September 11th 2007


Mayor Ferraris and Village Board of Trustees

Sag Harbor Municipal Building

P.O. Box 660

Sag Harbor, NY  11963


Dear Mayor Ferraris and Village Board of Trustees,


On Sunday, September 8th 2007 at 2PM CONPOSH and SAVE SAG HARBOR held a joint meeting in the Sanctuary of the Old Whalers’ Church to discuss the myriad of issues that face our Village today. 

There were 364 people in the audience.

We invited three public speakers to weigh in on the important issues before us.  The speakers were Kevin MacAllister – Peconic Bay keeper;  Bob DeLuca – President, Group for the East End and Jefferson Murphree – Professional Planner and local North Haven resident. 

Other people who gave presentations were Lester Ware - Personal Best; Jim Henry – SAVE SAG HARBOR; Valerie Justin and Molly Dougenis, Local residents re One Ferry Road; April Gornik re SAVE SAG HARBOR’s Sunday, October 7th Benefit from 4 to 7 PM; Barbara Roberts for Susan Mead re  SAVE SAG HARBOR legal committee.

As you know at the end of CONPOSH meetings the assembled audience votes on resolutions that they would like brought in front of the Village Board and/or applicable Boards.  It was unanimously voted that the following seven resolutions be presented to you tonight -- the September 11th 2007 Village Board of Trustees Meeting.

We the assembled audience respectfully ask: 


1)  Regarding Our Waters

…that the Village focus available resources to better understand and quantify the storm water-related problems and risks that emanate from the Haven’s Beach waterfront Park and to pursue remedies that would enhance the public benefits of the Park to include effective storm water management.


2) Regarding Our Sewage

We ask that the Village pay extra attention to the performance of the Sag Harbor Sewage Treatment Plant noting that it has a major direct impact on the community’s harbor and adjacent waterways.   The protection of the clean water resources in our Village must be preserved as an essential criteria in all future Village consideration regarding growth and development.


3) Regarding  BOAT DISCHARGE

That the Village clearly understand that as the boating anchorage has expanded and increased over time, there is speculation that illegal sanitary discharges are occurring.  In the interest of ensuring clean and safe surface waters, we ask that  increased enforcement of the No-Discharge Zone is ESSENTIAL and be stringently enforced.


4)  Regarding A MASTER PLAN

We call upon the Village of Sag Harbor to responsibly address the multitude of development projects and community planning issues it now faces through the preparation of a formal community-based, consensus-driven Master Plan.


Properly undertaken the Master Plan will develop a clear vision and implementation strategy for preserving the unique and historic character of the Village in an affirmative and orderly manner rather than a defensive case-by-case basis. 

As part of this process the Village must impose a comprehensive development moratorium that will prevent major development projects from moving forward while the Plan is being prepared. 

The Master Plan must also be supported through the completion of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement to assure that the community’s vision is firmly grounded in the most stringent environmental assessment. 

In addition and among other things, we ask that the Village do an analysis of building and store square footage; that the Village consider Mixed-Use as well as Multi-Use development; that the Village consider maximum building size and height limits; that the Village should prepare architectural design standards that should carefully consider what has already been developed in historic Sag Harbor center -  in particular, the village should analyze its important view-sheds and gateways.


5)  Regarding An Advisory Group to research COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS around the U.S.

That the Village of Sag Harbor appoint a small (3-4) volunteer advisory committee of outside experts to examine the experience of Community Land Trusts and similar institutions around the U.S.  and report back to the Village within 60 days on the implications of “Saving Sag Harbor.”


6)  Regarding The Commercial Moratorium

That the Village extends the Moratorium on Commercial Sight Plans to 18 months or until the Master Plan is completed. 


7)  Regarding Meeting with the Mayor

Conposh and SAVE SAG HARBOR would like to put together a small group (5-6) to talk one-on-one with the Mayor and Attorneys Tohill and/or Thiele in an effort to coordinate our efforts and so work together to keep Sag Harbor a very special place. 


Respectfully submitted,


MIA GROSJEAN

For:   Save Sag Harbor  and CONPOSH

Valerie Justin, Priscilla Ciccariello, John Linder, JoAnne Carter, Jim Henry, Barbara Roberts, April Gornik, Seth Grossman, Lester Ware, Helen Samuels, and Susan Mead

Report on the meeting of October 24, 2007 at the Sag Harbor Municipal Building


In attendance were Mayor Ferraris, the VillageBoard of Trustees, planner Richard Warren, and attorney Anthony Tohill.  Mr Warren and Mr Tohill gave similar presentations (see above) to what was given at the September 27th meeting, and owners of commercial district properties and others were invited to speak. Some of the concerns discussed by property owners were the vesting-in of large-scale business properties as "anchor stores" in order to protect the property values of such, by considering them a part of the diversity we are all interested in maintaining to preserve the Village's unique composition; questions about the definition of what would constitute a "pre-existing non-conforming" space for the proposed rezoning; the need for people who must move businesses in an emergency to obtain exemptions from the site plan review moratorium now in place; a suggestion to make tax breaks for property owners who would maintain apartments above their businesses at affordable rates, to address the affordable housing issue; worries that any restrictions resulting from rezoning would be anti-free enterprise and the suggestion that free enterprise would result in a natural process of selection that is in keeping with the way the village has developed; and many thanks voiced to the Mayor, Village Board of Trustees, Mr Warren and Mr Tohill for being inclusive in their approach. It was emphasized that the suggestions for rezoning/redistricting, and research into the above, all constitute a work in progress, and that nothing has been formally decided, but all suggestions are under consideration.

What is the Village working on?

This is the text of the October 24, 2007 Worksession Meeting Notice:


The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees and the Zoning Committee will hold a special work session on the second floor meeting room of the Municipal Building, Main Street, Village of Sag Harbor on October 24th to present the preliminary findings and recommendations of the commercial district to the property owners within the Village Business (VB) District.


As part of an overall zoning code update, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sag Harbor has commenced an evaluation of the Village Business District zoning provisions to assess whether the existing code sufficiently protects the historic, commercial character of the Main Street core commercial district. On September 27th, a progress report to the Trustees was made by their consultants, Anthony B Tohill, Esq. (Special Counsel to the Village), and Richard E. Warren, AICP (the Village Planning Consultant). The purpose of the meeting was to: (a) outline the issues that have been raised; (b) discuss some of the initial results of the research that was undertaken; and (c) begin dialogue regarding potential recommendations to address the issues.


In general the Issues of Concern were identified as follows:


  1. A.Protecting the existing historic character of the "core" commercial district, changes to which would threaten the "identity" of the Village of Sag Harbor.

  2. B.Maintaining appropriate size and scale of commercial uses.

  3. C.Protecting against change in uses from a retail/shopping district to one which contains non-retail uses.

  4. D.Maintaining the diversity of uses which support the vitality of the shopping district.

  5. E.Encouraging the location of businesses providing services and products used by Sag Harbor population.

  6. F.Establishing provisions to encourage affordable housing within the area for the local workforce.

  7. G.Ensuring that the infrastructure of the Village (parking, sewage treatment, roads, services, etc.) is capable of supporting future development or changes in the Village.

  8. H.Managing the recent influx of attached unit condominium and apartment projects that could potentially change the character of the Village.

  9. I.Maintaining the historic character of the Village by establishing comprehensive and appropriate development regulations.


A detailed inventory of the existing commercial district was presented at the meeting, along with a series of draft recommendations. The meeting included a discussion regarding the avenues available to the Village of Sag Harbor to appropriately control changes in the Sag Harbor commercial district that would negatively effect the vibrancy of the existing historic character of Sag Harbor and its special "sense of place".


A series of Preliminary Recommendations were presented, as follows:


  1. 1.Refine the boundaries of the Village Business District (VB) to follow what is considered the "core" of the commercial downtown shopping district.

  2. 2.Create a new zoning district–the Office District (OD)–which provides opportunities for development and use for professional offices, financial institutions and the like.

  3. 3.Redefine the Permitted (P) and Special Exception (SE) Uses within the Village Business District (VB) to focus on supporting the retail and shopping trade by restricting the further expansion of office-type of uses within the "core" of the commercial shopping district along Main Street. This would eliminate offices, professional offices, real estate offices, financial services, banks and the like from within the VB District. All of these existing uses would become pre-existing and non-conforming.

  4. 4.Develop a list of Permitted (P) and Special Exception (SE) Uses within the proposed Office District (OD) to encourage the utilization of this outlying business district.

  5. 5.Create general and specific standard that are appropriate for those uses which are deemed to be Special Exception (SE) Uses.

  6. 6.Develop a series of design standards for the Office District (OD) to allow development to occur in an appropriate size and scale with due consideration to the neighborhood.

  7. 7.To encourage and support the local "small-town feel" of the commercial shopping district and maintain a diversity of shopping opportunities, it is recommended that the Village establish a maximum gross floor area (GFA) for any individual use of commercial space.

  8. 8.To encourage and support the local "small-town feel" of the commercial shopping district and maintain a diversity of shopping opportunities, it is recommended that the Village establish a maximum gross floor area (GFA) for any individual use of commercial space. [repetition left in because it is in the original distributed print-out]

  9. 9.In order to further encourage small shops to exist and maintain the diversity of the stores within the Village, it is recommended that the Village establish a maximum street or store frontage requirement for each use within the core commercial district.

  10. 10.Develop regulations that encourage accessory apartments on the second floor (and above) in commercial buildings within the Village Business District (VB).

  11. 11.Develop a provision which will permit offices on the second floor of a structure where such office is an accessory to a first floor commercial use, and establish a maximum gross floor area (GFA) for such an accessory office.

  12. 12.Examine developing provisions which permit, on a limited basis, the establishment of seasonal outdoor seating for restaurant uses located within the Village Business District (VB).

  13. 13.Evaluate and adjust the parking regulations so the requirements meet the needs of particular uses. In addition, it is recommended that the Parking Trust Fund provisions of the Zoning Code be evaluated to determine whether they are appropriate.

  14. 14.Create a process which appropriately deals with the issues related to a "Change-of-Use" for properties within the Village as a whole, and more particularly within the Village Business District (VB).

  15. 15.Create a new and more detailed Table of Uses for all zoning districts within the Inc. Village of Sag Harbor, and tie those uses to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code to allow for a standardization of use definitions.

  16. 16.Define an appropriate Site Plan Review process. Coordinate agency reviews within Village. Adjust timeframes to make them reasonable. Establish a pre-application review conference as an option.

  17. 17.Prepare a new zoning map for the Inc. Village of Sag Harbor, which clearly defines the new district boundaries, as well as the limit of the Village Historic District.


The work session to be held on October 24th is intended to allow for business property owners to better understand the issues that face Sag Harbor, and allow them to provide input into the process. We hope to see you there.

Report on the Briefing of Sept 27th, 2007


At a 2-hour meeting open to the public at the Firehouse on Brick Kiln Road on September 27th, Mayor Gregory Ferraris and the Village Board of Trustees were briefed by their planner, Richard Warren and their zoning attorney Anthony Tohill. Since it was a public meeting, quite a few members of Save Sag Harbor were present to hear the first glimpse of the work that the village representatives have been undertaking to try to deal with the growth and  changes in character threatening the village. The planner reviewed the survey of existing buildings and uses in the business district and the potential creation of 5 sub-districts within the Main Street retail and office district. Existing banks and other professional offices will be vested in, but this rezoning would try to retain the vibrant, social, alive-after-6PM character of the village, which is dependent on a healthy balance of retail and professional storefronts. It was suggested that maximum retail size should be considered in conjunction with a Master Plan for the area. Tony Tohill briefed the Board on the legal framework that must be used in the State of New York, including the ability to create development and design standards to preserve the Village's character and the inability of a village or town to ban specific formula stores. This briefing appears to be the start of the public process which may continue for several months. We appreciate everyone's hard work and look forward to hearing more.

Below are the results of the September 8th meeting at the First Presbyterian (Old Whalers') Church. The letter, below, was read to the Mayor and Board of Trustees at the September 11th, 2007 meeting.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE:


Thanks to your support, Save Sag Harbor hired legal and planning experts/advisors. 

We have retained Dwight Merriam of Robinson & Cole, LLP, author of

"The Complete Guide to Zoning", and Frank Fish of BFJ Planning,

a member of the New York Planning Federation, to complement research into the

updating of the Village's zoning code and to investigate trusts, comprehensive plans,

and other creative solutions to protect Sag Harbor's integrity and character.

For information on their respective fields of expertise, please visit:

 http://www.rc.com/BioDHM.htm   and    http://www.bfjplanning.com/


We, and they, look forward to working with Mayor Ferraris, the Village Board of Trustees, and the Village's representatives in finding fair solutions to the challenges that now face us.

THE FORMATION OF A BENEFIT DISTRICT


On December 14th, 2007, Mayor Gregory Ferraris met with concerned citizens at a talk sponsored by CONPOSH at the First Presbyterian (Old Whalers') Church regarding a "Benefit District" he has proposed, and for which a New York State grant has been written and will be submitted for funding. It is thought that the Village will hear whether this grant has been funded in about 6 weeks' time.


In brief, Benefit Districts have been formed all over New York State in response to problems shared between villages and towns. Our Benefit District would include East Hampton Town, Southampton Town, North Haven Village and the Hamlet of Noyac. At the meeting, the mayor said that the need for a Gateway Study had spurred this idea--the gateway problem being the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike's potential development into a sort of Country Rd 39, with big boxes looming on the edge of Sag Harbor. Such a study couldn't include both Sag Harbor's input and Southampton Town's input with districting as it is now.


The concurrent need for cost-sharing was brought home by the proposal of many villagers who wanted to purchase the Methodist Church for shared use by the community and its congregation. The Benefit District, once formed, could apply for New York State municipal services grants. Shares involved would be determined by use assessments (Southampton having the greatest share). In spite of the fears of some, it would NOT involve tax-assessments/reassessments.


Other concerns addressed by the Benefit District would be affordable housing, traffic and traffic circulation problems and environmental concerns (including waste treatment, storm water runoff and harbor pollution). Shared services could be, for example, the purchase of co-ops and police sharing. Although inter-municipal agreements can presently occur, if a Benefit District were established Sag Harbor would be able to work more expeditiously and specifically on its own behalf.


The formation of a Benefit council could necessitate the appointment of council members by the Village/Town Boards. This Benefit District Council could become a potential lobbying body in regard to developmental problems.


The Mayor also mentioned his continued interest in a comprehensive plan for the Village of Sag Harbor. A comprehensive plan would be separate from the establishment of a Benefit District as the Benefit District includes lands outside the Village Boundary and does not tackle zoning or code issues.


We applaud the Mayor for taking this very forward-looking initiative!

PROPOSED One Ferry Road CONDOMINIUMS


As you may know, our friends at CONPOSH held a very informative meeting February 15th, 2008 at the Old Whalers' Church regarding a proposal from a developer who would like permission to build 22 condominiums, with 22 boat slips, beside the Sag Harbor/North Haven bridge, where the Harborview Professional Building now stands along the waterfront.  Many Sag Harbor and North Haven residents (and others!) have expressed concerns about the size and placement of the proposed development, noting that it will block traffic, water views, and possibly even access to the waterfront.  The review process will move forward soon, with most of Sag Harbor's boards involved. Many local residents would like to see some or all of this waterfront property preserved as a public park.  You can add your voice to this effort by contacting Mary Wilson, Community Preservation Fund Manager for Southampton Town, asking that she make the property (1,3 & 5 Ferry Rd.) a priority, and by contacting Southampton's Town Council (same address as in the above letter) with the same message.  Also, we urge you to copy Sag Harbor Mayor Gregory Ferraris on your messages, since he has expressed the hope that we might think about regional planning for the greater Sag Harbor area.


[date], 2008


Mary Wilson

Community Preservation Fund Manager

116 Hampton Road

Southampton, NY 11968


Dear Ms. Wilson,


I/We wish to express my/our concerns at the proposed development for condominiums to be erected at the base of the Sag Harbor/North Haven bridge. if constructed, this development would restrict access to the waterfront, alter and obstruct traffic patterns, increase environmental concerns, and certainly alter the aesthetic appeal of what is arguably the most beautiful gateway to Sag Harbor Village, enjoyed by all residents of the Village and surrounding areas, and by visitors.


I/We urge you to make it a priority, when the parcel becomes available, to begin the process of allocating Community Preservation Fund money for purchase of this land for use as a public parkland.

 

Yours most sincerely,



______________________  _____________________________        __________________

name                                  street                                                    city, state, zip code


This letter should also be sent to:

Mayor Gregory Ferraris

PO Box 660

Sag Harbor, NY  11963


(To print out this letter, simply highlight the text by passing your cursor over it. Then copy (Command-C on a Mac, Control-C on a PC) and paste (Command-V on a Mac, Control-V on a PC) it into any word processor or text program and print it out. We urge you to add personal information, opinions, and any necessary changes!)


Our notes from the May 15th, 2008 zoning code meeting at the Sag Harbor Village Hall. Please note: this is information was taken down by Save Sag Harbor volunteers, and is not intended to be an official transcript of the meeting!


WE ALSO URGE YOU TO READ THE ARTICLES ON OUR "NEWS" PAGE FROM THE PRESS!


Rich Warren introduced the meeting, inviting everyone to look at the new map of the various districts - VB, (Village Business) OD, (Office District) the Waterfront District, etc- of Sag Harbor as proposed in the new "Chapter 55" zoning revision proposal (which would replace the old Chapter 55). In a nutshell, the new map appears to eliminate the old marine district and merges it into a new waterfront district, and eliminates the so-called family district, which was a moderate income zone that has never been implemented. A  historic district  boundary line  is shown  marked  around the village, including a flood plain zone taken from the FEMA map.


Next, the table of uses was discussed. These new codes will have uses clearly stated within the various zones as per official use-code parlance. The goal is to maintain diversity. An expedited review by planning board ONLY will be available for use changes not mandated by the revision. This is different from the current need to run use changes by more than one board.


Village core area would now be reduced to 17 instead of 23 acres, and would be all retail. But immediately outside the village core would be zoned for offices (real estate, banks, etc). The most special exemptions (SEs) would be available in the office district.


Mayor Ferraris mentioned that "enhanced SEs" would allow a variety of uses to happen in all districts. Rich Warren followed up, saying that the best way to maintain the village's character is to  accommodate uses but have  the power of review over the site plans.  Only going to the Planning Board only should make obtaining SEs be a smoother process, instead of having to go to the ARB AND the Planning Board.


Some other things mentioned: a need for affordable housing was stressed. The maximum square footage of new businesses, based on an average of existing businesses, would be 2,000SF.


In the Office District, all the numbers are new, since the district itself is new, whereas the waterfront district remains exactly the same as its incarnation as the Marine district. Size limitations may be imposed on new apartment units.


Anthony Tohill introduced "next steps" which included:

    The importance of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

    That the village must have a comprehensive plan. Interscience is drafting the plan based on Chapter 55, and if the Board of Trustees wants to act on zoning changes, the new comprehensive plan must be adopted.

    All this must be given to town clerks of E Hampton & S Hampton, then given to the Suffolk Co Planning Commission.

    It was suggested that the map exhibited at the meeting be reproduced in the SH Express, along with a summary of the new Chapter 55.

    Public hearings must be made available in re: SEQRA, considering a new comprehensive plan, and Chapter 55, in order to get enactment of these changes.

    Mr Tohill also mentioned inquiries from individuals & groups wanting to have meetings with town planner, the attorney and the Village Board, saying that he does not recommend this, as he feels it could in fact nullify the enactment of the code.

  

WHAT IFs mentioned by Mr Tohill:

1. ...someone under the present code in a current location proposes an apartment building: in the present case, the zoning code board of appeals and site planners meet, discuss parking requirements (1 parking space per unit). In the newly proposed Chapter 55, the review process would go only to the planning board, and the number of bedrooms would indicate parking spaces (at least 1.5 per bedroom), which would drastically reduce amount of residences available on any given piece of land, forming, in essence, a cap on apartment building sizes.

2. ...someone wants to build a 10,000SF store in the VB district: Under the old plan, parking would be 1 space for each 200SF, with a minimum area of 800SF: under the new ch. 55 there would be a cap on empirical data of a maximum SF area of 2,000SF, but with a 50% expansion opportunity with ARB approval.

3. ...someone wants to establish a large grocery or home furnishing type store: There would be an obvious need for more than 2,000SF, so it falls under the need for a SE use. Under the new plan, this would be applied to planning board, and the maximum space could reach 8,000SF. BUT for every 1,000SF in that kind of use greater than 3,000, there MUST be an affordable-housing upstairs apartment available.

4. ...someone wants to bring a superstore to the village: The present code doesn't address this. The new Ch. 55 prohibits it in all uses under its table of uses. (A "superstore" was later defined as any store greater than a certain amount of square footage, either in total or as a combination of stores, by which size would be out of character with the Village's norm.)

5. ...someone wants to understand how affordable housing might be available: The moderate income resident district has been available but it's never been implemented. Now, it is recommended that this article be removed from the code and instead there would be 3 different ways to introduce affordable housing: above grocery or furniture store in the VB district; in the new OD district, 10% would have to be affordable. If a property owner declines to do this, the property owner could pay $372,000 per apt proposed as off-site housing which would go into afund at 200% of going rate. If an owner did this, and then attempted to later subdivide the space, this would be penalized. Third, accessory apt would allow loans from trust fund to allow occupancy in R20 zone, not VB zone, limit bedrooms to 2 (accessory apts), require code compliance, does allow amnesty if someone already has an accessory apt., right of transferability, and caps the number of apartments at 50 for reappraisal.

6. ...someone wants to change use in VB district. The new Chapter 55 would have a simple table of uses. Under the old plan, to change from use A to use B there would be site plan review necessary and no change available with respect to parking. Under the new plan, one could apply to planning board and not have to have the full site plan review, making it an easier process.

It was also recommended that the parking trust fund be eliminated.


Further comments were as follows:

Suggested changes will continue to be made throughout the summer.

Mayor Ferraris emphasized that the Comprehensive plan is being done to insure the historic character of the Village.

Under the proposed changes, the Village would have agenda & design standards fixed. The ARB would act to to preserve historic character. Theoretically, these changes would make everything quicker and smoother, with fewer surprises. Caps would prevent 3 small stores from becoming one large store, for example.

Tohill mentioned that it will take the entire summer to go over all this, including SEQRA, the zoning code, comprehensive plan, and emphasized the need for public presentations.

He also said that what is available at the Village hall, a 160 page document, is a presentation of the code which includes the remainder of the old, present Chapter 55 and the new language proposed. He said there is no way right now to know which is remainder of present Chapter 55, and the new Chapter 55, and that they must be read side by side.

It was stated that the board will hear EVERY public comment that comes up over next few months. Meetings will start right after Memorial day and continue until everything is heard.

Mayor asked: How to facilitate these meetings? How to incorporate changes into documents? The public suggested that an electronic file to be updated should be maintained on the Village's website.

It was suggested that comments be delivered in writing to Village board, and that groups are also invited to deliver comments.

The Mayor asked for these comments to be delivered over next 3 weeks to facilitate their review.

The Library now has copies of the new Chapter 55.

The Mayor opened up the meeting to comments from the public.

Many members of the public asked for there to be a representation of Chapter 55 available online, and that there be a blog or some other online public forum to be able to extend the discussion. The Mayor and Board stated their preference for written submissions of comments and questions.


QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS CAN BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO:

clerk@sagharborny.gov

The Mayor and Village Board of Trustees held their first public hearing regarding the draft amendments to the Village zoning code last Thursday, June 5th, 2008.


The meeting was opened by the Village attorney for the code revisions, Tony Tohill, with an outline of the Comprehensive Plan review which the Village began in January of this year.


The draft of the zoning code followed that, and the purpose of the hearing was to receive input from the public who have now been able to access copies of the amendments for about 3 weeks.


Save Sag Harbor submitted our list of questions and comments in advance, as suggested, and several of our members were at the meeting, presenting results of our web suggestion box and previous survey.


The Main Street business owners expressed the following concerns:

First, there is concern over ordinary changes of use, permitted to permitted, or from permitted to specially permitted. The problem is that most businesses on Main Street are non-conforming as to parking. Property owners want the process simple and do not understand the need for review and, futher, do not want their uses subject to current parking requirements.                      

Second, the mapping of the new Office District was questioned, especially along Division Street.

Third, the issue of accessory apartments was brought up which would be permitted on Main street, in the Office District, and in limited number in the R-20 (residential) district. Many owners objected to the owner- or owner-related occupany prohibition on Main Street.                    


Our letter to the Mayor and Board of Trustees can be downloaded by clicking:  letter_re_zoning_code_june_2008.pdf.


We feel that the important thing to note is that the process has begun. For it to be meaningful, the Board of Trustees must approve the extension to the moratorium on site plan applications on this Tuesday night, the 10th of June, so if you have not made plans to attend, please do so.

How the August 4, 2008 meeting went:


The Zoning Code work session at the Municipal Building on August 4th was lively, and attended by about 100 people. We spoke out, emphasizing our chief concern about zoning against formula-based retail, and urged Village Officials to leave no stone unturned about this vital aspect of the Code. We also emphasized many other issues, and will notify you when the next public meeting, which will be the first official public hearing, is scheduled.


We have also presented results of our last survey, which almost unanimously reflected concern that formula-based retail stores be kept out of the village, and that Village store sizes and uses be maintained, to the Mayor and Board of Trustees.


It is not too late to notify the Mayor and Board of Trustees about your concerns!


The Strategic Planning Document (the comprehensive plan for the code amendments) is now available at the Municipal Building for purchase. We have made a copy available at the John Jermain Memorial Library, and there is a copy available for download via the Village's website.

WOULD YOU LIKE THIS TO BE YOUR VIEW OF SAG HARBOR FROM THE

NORTH HAVEN/SAG HARBOR BRIDGE?


NEWS ABOUT ONE FERRY ROAD:

FALL, 2008: THERE HAS BEEN A SEQRA POSITIVE DECLARATION ON ONE FERRY RD PROJECT


What does this mean? It means that the developers must prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement before the project can be approved. This is a good step, but much has yet to be done, and funds are very much needed for legal counsel to ensure that there be no conflict to compliance, proper procedure is met, all criterion for the protection of the village gateway are determined, etc.


What is SEQRA?  Please see THIS WEBSITE for an excellent primer.


THE POSITIVE DECLARATION BY THE PLANNING BOARD IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE: PosDeclaration.pdf


THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT:


The Planning Board of the Inc. Village of Sag Harbor, as a lead agency, has determined that the proposed action described below may have a significant impact on the environment and that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared.


Name of Action: EAST END VENTURES, LLC (Michael Maiden

Site Plan for 1,3,5 Ferry Road Apartments


SEQR Status:  Type 1 Action


Scoping: A public scoping session to identify issues of concern shall be held before the Planning Board (the Lead Agency) at the Sag Harbor Village Hall (2nd floor meeting room), Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY on September 23, 2008 at 7:00 PM.


Reasons supporting this determination:


The Planning Board of the Inc. Village of Sag Harbor has adopted a Positive Declaration requiring that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared for the redevelopment of this 61,237 Sq Ft waterfront property with a 43,040 sq ft, three story building containing eighteen (18) individually-owned apartment units, along with parking facilities for 36 vehicles, an at grade swimming pool, an eighteen (18) slip marina for use by the owners of the apartment building, along with proposed site landscaping, grading and drainage improvements. By resolution dated August 26, 2008, the Planning Board determined that the implementation of the proposed action may have a significant environmental impact on the following environmental and resources:


[then follows sections detailing the categories of Marine and Wetlands Habitats, Quality of Groundwater and Surface Waters, Drainage, Flooding and Stormwater Control, Visual Character of the Community, Historic Resources (designation of the site by the NYS office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation as being within an "archaeo-sensitive area", and the potential for impacts to historic, pre-historic and paleontological resources), and Compliance with Policies of Village Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.


We will gratefully accept funds targeted to the education of the public about this project and its importance, if you would like to contribute. Please mark your check accordingly!

SOME QUESTIONS/COMMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE PLANNING BOARD ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2008


At the meeting, Jeff Bragman made a highly informative and eloquent presentation (we recommend downloading the list of topics by clicking here: scopingtopics.pdf) on various SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act)-related issues. Former Mayor Pierce Hance read from the LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan) and demonstrated that the project may oppose many of the goals and objectives of the LWRP. THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THIS IMPORTANT MEETING!


    Both Save Sag Harbor and Save Our Waterfront, as well as a host of impressively informed, intelligent, and concerned citizens, most of whom are our members, presented a roster of questions and concerns that should make this process a fascinating education for the community. This input will make sure that the "One Ferry Road" development will go through extensive review on all levels, which will, hopefully, assure that the historic and scenic nature of our Village will be protected.


  1. 1. Would waterfront need to be dredged to accommodate vessels at boat slips?  Will dredging or waterfront construction (bulk heading, pilings, docks) disrupt habitat or breeding grounds for marine organisms? Will the boats and boat slips affect tidal flow?


2.  How will sewage and the paving for and the parking situation generally impact traffic circulation, rain and irrigation, run-off, and the sensitive harborfront environment? Has a study been mandated for how this proposed development and marina might add potential for erosion, flooding, leaching or drainage problems?


3.  What is the exact zoning for the site, and how has it changed historically? It seems that the change of zone from "business" to "marina" was turned down in '92 thereby precluding the property at that time from being developed as a marina property which would have allowed boat slips.


4.  A former tenant stated that basements in the current building floods, which indicates high water level at site.  Have there been any test borings mandated?


5.  What provisions have been made to investigate potential contamination and cleanup from nearby toxic sites from dredging and building?


6.  The land appears to be sinking at parking lot area of the cement bldg. & the old Rte. 114.  What environmental impact would it have if the land needs to be shored up to stop sinking prior to building the proposed development?


7. What effect would the increased population density in the area have in terms of sewage, traffic circulation, egress to and from the bridge into the town, etc? Has a study been planned to address these potential problems? 


8.  What environmental impact would the addition of 18 boats and boat slips have at one of the narrowest part of the bay in this area, in terms of oil and gas leakage and exhaust? Has the ownership of underwater rights been exhaustively investigated?


9.  Has the issue of the exact site the proposed development occupies been resolved to the Village's satisfaction? Has the request from Mr Tohill to Mr. Downes that he present an entirely new survey indicating only metes & bounds and a determination of  title owners of all land  in question been done?


10. The beachfront in question is supposed to have been deeded to the people of Sag Harbor for their common use. How will this proposed development impact that deed and that waterfront access?


11. Has the general problem of boat congestion and boat traffic congestion been addressed?


12.  How will this proposed development and marina affect the Village's sewer system, ground or surface water quality, and traffic & noise levels??


13.  How will the public right of way across village land alongside the bridge AND along the shore be protected in the event of development? How will cars enter & exit the proposed development, and what precautions will be taken to prevent traffic backing up on the bridge?  Has a general impact study been mandated for neighboring communities like North Haven and Noyac?


14.  The LWRP mandated that certain viewsheds are of paramount importance to the village and must be preserved. One that was specifically cited and in fact reproduced in the LWRP document is the view from the bridge looking at the One Ferry Rd site. Does the proposed development conflict with other officially adopted plans and goals as stated in the LWRP?


15. Doesn't this project represent an over-development in relation to acreage involved? Isn't there some proportionate land-to-use that should be considered? 


16. Has the impact the proposed development will have on additional community services been studied? How will fire trucks have access to the site? Has the issue of school busing been considered, since it is a residential area cut off from the rest of the Village?


17. How would noise issues affect the community? Since the proposed development is on the water, and sound travels further in such a situation, has this problem been considered for both businesses nearby and residents across the bridge?


18. What provisions for affordable housing will the project entail?


  1. 19.Will the village be indemnified for any flooding that may occur to condominium units, or the property in general?


20. Has anyone measured the vertical scale of the new structure(s) compared to the nearby existing structures? The condos have the potential to create the feeling of a great barrier wall from within the village, not just the waterfront. Also, the height of the building will shadow the water. What effect will this have on the marine environment?


21. There will be a dramatic visual change in all directions if this project gets approved, affecting more than the view from bridge. The village should require that a virtual rendering of the project be created in the context of its surroundings, so the massiveness can be experienced from a 360 degree perspective.


22. Has anyone measured the reduction of air flow to that corner of the village? The massive structure situated on the open water will block air flow and make for a potentially uncomfortable environment on the village side of the condos.


  1. 23.As a residence, lights may be on day and night in the proposed development. How might this affect light pollution? And has the problem of glare from light on the windows at sunset for drivers going over the bridge been considered?


24. As a residence, schoolchildren will need to be bused to school. Has this need been addressed? and has the safety of children having to pass through the business district been addressed?


  1. 24.The proposed site may be an important paleo-archeological area for study. What provisions have been made to ensure that historically important artifacts and site information will not be damaged by construction?


  1. 25.If the units are not all rented or sold, what will be the economic impact on the village? If apartments are left empty, it could appear a depressed area just at the gateway of the village.


PLEASE SEE OUR "NEWS" PAGE FOR MORE EXCELLENT INFORMATION ON THIS DEVELOPMENT!

The older proposed design

It's worth pointing out that, although this new design is supposedly fewer units

than the old one, it clearly takes up as much space in height and width

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PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES:

A note: these activities and postings were shared with the community via our newsletter.

The Planning Compendium prepared for us by the expert advisors we've hired is available! 

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The fight against formula-based retail (chain stores) invading Sag Harbor continues!


If you are interested in an informative document on this subject, we welcome you to peruse this downloadable text about "local language" being used in their prevention, click below:

Formula Food & Formula Retail Code Examples.pdf


We invite you to have a look at our 2008 Year-End Report, which is available for download

by clicking HERE. As is the case with the documents on the Village's website,

you will need an Adobe "Reader", a simple portable document format (pdf)-opening application,

to open and read it. You can download the reader HERE. For PC users, click

"Choose a different version" to find Adobe Reader for PCs.

 

Below are issues we were, and continue to be, focused on from 2011: 


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The Commercial Zoning Code's impact

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You will remember we actively supported the passage of Sag Village's Commercial District Zoning Code through research, community outreach, petitions, and fundraising events. The Zoning code is the most effective tool we have in controlling overdevelopment and maintaining the vibrancy of our business/retail environment.  Since its passage, the code has proven to be an excellent planning guide for village trustees, village boards, architects, owners, etc. While various provisions will be challenged over time, our Commercial District Zoning Code has already demonstrated its usefulness and, given its moderate nature, few, if any, significant issues have arisen.


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Harbor Heights redevelopment

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One recent challenge to the Zoning Code is the proposed redevelopment of the Harbor Heights gas station on 114. Last June the owners asked the Sag Harbor Planning Board for 16 variances to the code.


In September Save Sag Harbor hired lawyer Jeff Bragman to compose a letter to the Planning Board asking for a SEQRA Type 1 action on the Harbor Heights expansion. Our primary concerns were the many proposed variances on everything from lighting and canopy height to the size of a new convenience store which was almost double the code's allotment.  The retail component is, pursuant to the code, to be an accessory use and the sheer size proposed by the applicant is a main use. We were also concerned about the impact this expansion would have on the neighborhood since it is adjacent to Sag Harbor's historic district. The Planning Board held a hearing as required under SEQRA and will determine if a full EIS is mandated. After that process is complete the ZBA can consider the variance request for a larger convenience store.


We'll keep you updated.


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125 Main Street

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Another concern to us this year was the proposed demolition of one of the oldest houses in Sag Harbor at 125 Main Street. Joining forces with the Sag Harbor Historical Society, we gathered a significant amount of petitions from concerned residents at our SSH Main Street table this summer. We were also instrumental in having an architectural preservationist brought into the renovation review. We suggested to the applicant and the Architectural Review Board that an architect with preservation experience might find other workable solutions rather than tearing it down and erecting a mere facsimile.  We are confident those efforts led to the decision not to tear down the original structure but to renovate it.



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Baron's Cove

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We have been keeping abreast of the proposed new restaurant at Baron's Cove in order to avoid a repeat of the nightclub, Rocco's, which was a point of bitter contention for the neighborhood for years in the recent past. Several of our Board members talked to the developers, Cape Advisors, after a recent Zoning Board meeting and were glad to hear that the restaurant will be facing the water and will be low key. In the ZBA meeting new village attorney Denise Schoen assured the Board that covenants are in place which protect the neighborhood from different use if the facility is sold in the future. 



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Sag Harbor Free WiFi: update, 2014


Sag Harbor Free WiFi was made available for four years in the Village. We undertook this initiative to invite people to be connected, literally, through the

generous sponsorship we received. Because there are now so many available hotspot access points in the Village now, we have discontinued it, but we thank you for making it a successful venture.


We thank our wonderful sponsors who purchased ads to make this effort sustainable. 



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Protecting our wetlands

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Two of our Board members met with new village attorney Denise Schoen this fall. Among other items discussed was her keen interest in developing a more comprehensive wetlands code for Sag Harbor since she had been very influential in that area when she was East Hampton's attorney. This has been one of our interests as well. In an effort to more accurately pinpoint our village wetlands, Tiffany Scarlato, while a Village Board of Trustees member, initiated the creation of a separate Village Wetlands Map that would be more defined than the current DEC Suffolk County Wetlands Map. Rich Warren (Sag Harbor Village Environmental and Planning Consultant) investigated potential wetland areas in the village proper and the map is nearly complete. This is an important project for our village as wetlands must be protected for wildlife habitat as well as water drainage. Equally important is developing a wetlands code to enforce environmental regulations. The current development code needs to be amended in several sections to bring consistency to the code and to provide compliance with the wetlands map. Save Sag Harbor will continue to monitor and support this development. 



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Bay Street Theatre 


We are deeply concerned about Bay Street Theatre moving away from our village and are very aware of what will result if they leave. 

Many of us went to Bay Street's open village meeting on January 12th and were happy to hear that there were other options on the table, but were also cognizant that what is needed now - money, and a lot of it.  It's a catch-22. Main Street businesses will lose income if Bay Street Theater moves, and we residents will lose a great deal of quality of life and culture. Put simply, millions in donations would be needed to help find and buy the Theater a new village home.  We wish there were a 21st century version of Mrs. Russell Sage in the village. Mrs. Sage donated the John Jermain Library, Mashashimuet Park and much more. Is there ANYONE out there like her?



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Preservation Fund

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The Save Sag Harbor Board is exploring the concept of a revolving fund that would provide a vehicle for assisting our unique historic village to preserve its core by acquiring, if necessary, historic façade easements and other real property interests. This would help insure the stability of our wonderful Main Street by assisting owners financially. It could potentially help insure a healthy balance of uses that are unique to our village character.  This type of non-profit activity has been used in countless communities over the country for many years.  We hope to bring in some national talent who can assist in educating all of us on these types of preservation activities.  We will keep you apprised in our newsletter. 



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First Presbyterian (Old Whalers') Church


In an effort to support the Church, Save Sag Harbor made a donation of $500 this year.


Most of you must know that the Church sponsors a huge number of community groups, including the very important Food Pantry that serves hundreds of families each week, AA, the LVIS, Family Service League, Weight Watchers, and has hosted other religious denominations' services.  



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Windmill


Save Sag Harbor and the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce are jointly trying to raise money for our village windmill, which was damaged in most recent hurricane. 


A separate windmill fund has now been established under the aegis of the Lion's Club, so donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to The Sag Harbor Lions Club with Save the Windmill in the memo section, and sent to the Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 2810, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Again, we will keep you updated in our newsletter.



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Sweet Summer Fun & HarborFrost


In support of Main Street businesses and the Chamber of Commerce as part of the Every Thursday in August in Marine Park Free Concert Series we sponsored a local and much acclaimed Motown band. We set up one of our renowned information tables, danced to the music, and hung out with at least 150 other people and their families. It was a lovely Sag Harbor evening on the lawn in Marine Park. Come join us again in the summer of 2012!


Also in support of Main Street businesses and the Chamber of Commerce we became a founding sponsor of HarborFrost and donated money to the first annual festival which took place last February. Our funds were used specifically to cover radio ads on WLNG, WBAZ and WEHM which drew crowds from near and far for the festivities and for an active shopping day on Main Street.  From the ice sculptures to hugely popular frosty plunge it was a fun day and reinvigorated not only Main Street in the depth of winter, but the whole village. We hope you had a great time this year, too!


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Supporting local volunteerism


Sag Harbor  has a vibrant volunteer community, and in an effort to expand and further promote this community, Save Sag Harbor funded the placement of a full- page ad in The Sag Harbor Express' Community Telephone and Address book for 2011-2012 listing the active volunteer groups in the village.


We also sponsored a full screen splash page with a list of volunteer organizations projected on the movie screen before Bay Street Theater's Weekly movies.


We invite you to go to our website for a  list of these and other worthy organizations.



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Village Board Meetings

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You may not be aware that we have several Save Sag Harbor representatives covering monthly Village board meetings in order to keep abreast of important developments. On an "as needed" basis we include these reports (when given) in this newsletter. 


If you are interested in participating, please let us know.  It is vital that as many people go to these board meetings as possible-whether it is to write up a report or just sit in and listen.  This is the best way to learn about the village!



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Our newsletter


As you know, we continue with community outreach in many ways, including our popular newsletter which informs everyone about noteworthy items and coming events in Sag Harbor. We welcome hearing of any events you want to promote, and you are always welcome to contact us at info@savesagharbor.com


We are proud to be a grassroots, all volunteer watchdog organization devoted to preserving the uniqueness and vibrancy of Sag Harbor. We thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our work!



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... And we need your help!

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Save Sag Harbor is always grateful for donations in support of our work. We are seeking sponsorships for:


1. Our yearly Wifi maintenance, which is approximately $1,000.

2. PR support of HarborFrost which is $2500 and goes toward radio ads on WLNG, WBAZ and WEHM.

3. Full-page ad in The Sag Harbor Express Telephone Directory listing volunteer organizations, $637.00, and other ads in the Express.

4. $500 for our yearly Constant Contact contract for this newsletter.

5. $420 for Hamptons Web Design for yearly web hosting.


We have about 1500 subscribers to this newsletter. If everyone could spare $20 to help support us, we would be in great shape! Please consider going to the safe, secure "donate" button on our website, or kindly send a check to:


Save Sag Harbor

PO Box 775

Sag Harbor, NY  11963  

 

ACTIVITIES IN 2010:


When Project for Public Spaces visited our village: a report


Fred Kent, president of Project for Public Spaces and an internationally-recognized authority on creating comfortable and livable cities and villages, was invited to Sag Harbor by Save Sag Harbor and 725 Green this past winter. He was asked to come after residents voiced concerns over Pierson High School's plan to rebuild and expand the parking lots. While certain repairs were needed, the cost and expansion of the parking lots led to discussion of alternative ideas.


Fred spent the morning walking through the school grounds and adjacent village streets. He began the evening portion of his visit to Pierson by stating that he is seeing a fundamental change taking place on a global basis: "We are now seeing a shift away from 'the car as king' and toward municipalities identifying and fulfilling the needs of pedestrians. This monumental shift, still in its early stages, is seen as an inevitable evolution towards environmental sustainability in cities, towns, and villages.  Creating places where people walk, bike, meet, linger, shop and dine, will be the norm in city and village planning of the future. As someone who has a longtime appreciation of Sag Harbor,  Mr. Kent said the village has much potential to both preserve and improve upon our pedestrian track record.


Regarding the school parking proposal, his advice was clear. "You do not have a parking problem," he told his audience at Pierson High School. "There is plenty of parking available on village streets. What is needed is a shift in thinking. If you focus on cars, you'll just have more cars," he said. "[People] need a vision. Parking problems are an indication of another problem, always. For example, expecting a parking spot directly in front of a school, workplace, or shop, can be changed to 'It's okay to walk a block or two or three. In the case of Sag Harbor's public schools, greater linkage between the two school campuses could be an enhancement for the student body, faculty, parents, and visitors, and could include more community activities at these campuses, like fairs, markets, performances, etc. The open spaces being used that way would naturally lead to traffic calming, and traffic calming measures at school intersections would complement that linkage, create safer crosswalks, and would provide a less expensive solution than parking lot expansion.




Helping to Develop Local Expertise



In addition to the above, Save Sag Harbor sponsored Eric Cohen, Technology Coordinator of John Jermain Library to attend a Project for Public Spaces' "STREETS ARE PLACES" training seminar in New York City on April 22 and 23, 2010. Save Sag Harbor believed that the seminar would stimulate new ideas and possible solutions to parking around the library, and at the same time, broaden local access to state of the art thinking. Mr. Cohen said in his report to the Save Sag Harbor Board: "Streets as Places" training seminar exposed me to a different way of viewing a community's roads and other public spaces. While cars are necessary to our way of life, and roads must serve them efficiently, it is not necessary that cars be regarded as "king" on every road or on every part of a particular road.  Streets are also places to be inhabited and enjoyed by human beings whether walking, standing, sitting, bicycling or driving. It is therefore up to the community to determine what its needs are with regard to any one particular place, and consequently, how it can best be designed to meet those needs."


Save Sag Harbor supports the renovation, expansion and retention of our library at the center of our village. It is a cornerstone for our community and we encourage all parties to work expeditiously to complete the proposed project.




Sag Harbor Cinema


As the Sag Harbor Cinema is for sale for $12,000,000, Save Sag Harbor, Inc. has funded a feasibility study to transform the space into a non-profit state of the art film, culture and education center. The study proposes a 9 month 2.5 million capital improvement campaign and focuses on renovating the cinema into two separate theaters; hiring an experienced curatorial team to make it an ongoing cultural center; pairing with local organizations to make it a community partner; and sustaining the space as a non-profit.  It also proposes either a long term lease with the current owner or a purchase contract.


If you are interested in learning more, or helping with this project, please contact us.




Supporting Local Volunteerism


Sag Harbor Village has a vibrant volunteer community. In an effort to expand and further promote the disparate efforts of these groups, Save Sag Harbor funded the placement of  a full page ad in this years Sag Harbor Express' Community Telephone book listing all the active volunteer groups in the village.


Save Sag Harbor also participated in a meeting of most of the volunteer organizations in the village last spring to further communication and find common ground.





Gulf Oil Spill Effort


In May, with the terrible news of the Gulf oil spill, there was much concern and empathy in the Sag Harbor community for the plight of fellow waterfront communities. Save Sag Harbor collected, packed and shipped hundreds of pounds of hair and yarn to Florida for use in the Gulf oil spill. We worked with a San Francisco organization called Matter of Trust. Many individuals and salon owners from Sag Harbor to Southampton pitched in with the collection of  hair and yarn which was ultimately used in booms used to contain the oil. The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum graciously offered their back porch as a collection site.





Sweet Summer Fun


In support of Main Street businesses and the Chamber of Commerce we sponsored the local and much acclaimed band Gene Casey and The Loan Sharks! (www.lonesharks.com) as part of the Thursdays in August Marine Park Concert Series. We set up one of our renowned information tables, hung out with friends, drank some brewskies and had a GREAT TIME along with at least 300 other people and their families who came from close to home and far and wide!  It was a lovely Sag Harbor evening on the lawn in Marine Park. Come join us next year! 





Village Board Meetings


You may not be aware that we have several Save Sag Harbor representatives covering monthly Village board meetings in order to keep abreast of important developments. On an "as needed" basis we include these reports (when given) in our newsletter. If you are interested in participating, please let us know. It is vital that as many people go to these board meetings as possible -- whether it is to write up a report or just sit in and listen. This is the best way to learn about our village! 





Creation of Sag Harbor Wetlands Map


In an effort to more accurately pinpoint our village wetlands, Tiffany Scarlato, while a Village Board of Trustee's member, initiated the creation of a separate Village Wetlands Map that would be more defined than the current DEC Suffolk County Wetlands map.  Rich Warren (Sag Harbor Village Environmental and Planning Consultant) investigated potential wetland areas in the village proper and the map is nearly complete.  This is an important project for our village that we support as wetlands must be protected for wild life habitat as well as proper water drainage.  Stay tuned. 





No News is Good News


We are still watching the 7-Eleven area for any possible movement toward a big box or building-wide store.  With the new commercial district zoning code in place, we believe we are better protected, but it is imperative that we keep on top of this just to make sure. To the best of our knowledge this potential development is at a standstill. If you hear anything otherwise, please let us know.





Bulova: Time Has Not Yet Run Out


No new news regarding the Bulova Watchcase Factory being turned into 65 luxury condominiums. In April, however, the Sag Harbor Zoning Board did agree to extend several variances that would allow Cape Advisors, the builders, to continue their search for financing during these difficult times. Save Sag Harbor does not want the building to be demolished, and believes the 100 million dollar renovation would greatly benefit the village as a whole.





Sag Harbor's Digital Welcome Mat!


In mid August Save Sag Harbor lit up Main Street and Bay Street in with free wifi. That makes Sag Harbor the first village on the East End to bring free internet service to the business district. The Meraki wireless technology we used is cutting edge and has been employed to build outdoor networks at Harvard Square and MIT.  Two large units were installed on the roofs of Bay Street Theater and Emporium Hardware and are the backbone of the network, providing most of the bandwidth. Several smaller units are sprinkled around the village to increase signal strength.  In an effort to defray upfront costs, SSH solicited sponsors from a number of local stores and restaurants, with the understanding that their names - and a link to their websites - will appear on our wifi welcome page. The response has been enthusiastic and exciting, eliciting a sense of communal support as each link in the chain makes the network stronger.  It takes a village to build a network.





The SSH Table, Newsletter, and more




As you know, we continue with community outreach in many ways, including our summer Main Street table, a favorite spot of locals and visitors to congregate and exchange ideas and discuss local issues. Our popular newsletter informs everyone about noteworthy items and coming events in Sag Harbor.


We are proud to be a grassroots, all volunteer watchdog organization devoted to preserving the uniqueness and vibrancy of Sag Harbor. We thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our work!