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County to Madonna: Stop Cutting Through Preserved Land

County issues cease-and-desist letter to singer regarding property that county and town have development rights to.

Madonna owns two parcels — including the 24-acre property in question — in Bridgehampton. Credit: Jeff Cully
Madonna owns two parcels — including the 24-acre property in question — in Bridgehampton. Credit: Jeff Cully
The Queen of Pop doesn't rule the land in Suffolk.

The county planning department issued Madonna and a Bridgehampton construction company a cease-and-desist letter last month because the county said that an access road violates preservation law.

Wild Horses Farms, LLC — which owns Madonna's property at 10 Mitchell's Lane — and Farrell Building Company were ordered to stop using the property as a "thoroughfare for vehicular access not related to agricultural production," according to letters from Sarah Lansdale, the director of planning and environment, on Aug. 22.

Suffolk County’s farmland preservation program owns the development rights to the 24-acre property at the southeast corner of Scuttle Hole Road and Mitchell's Lane. The county and Southampton Town jointly purchased the development rights to protect the open space in January 2010.

"Your failure to comply herewith will result in prompt legal action," Lansdale said.

Before writing the letters, the county inspected the property. They claimed to have found it was being used as a thoroughfare to an adjacent property.

Madonna also owns a neighboring 26-acre horse farm, which she bought from Kelly Klein, the former wife of Calvin Klein, in late 2009, according to The New York Post. A year later, she purchased the 24-acre parcel.

This isn't the first time that Madonna has faced problems with the county over the property.

In August 2010, a stop-work ordered was issued after a paddock fence was built on protected land without permission. Later, the county issued a retroactive permit since the fence had already been erected. A year later, in June 2011, the permit conditions that had been laid out still hadn't been met, according to Southampton Town Planning Department documents at the time. The conditions including filing storm-water mitigation and erosion control plans and offering proof that a commercial horse boarding operation had been established within nine months from the permit issue date.

Edward Burke, who is representing Wild Horses Farms LLC, could not be reached for comment.
Alejandro Kaprini September 24, 2013 at 04:37 PM
God Christie, do you hear yourself? You have so much hatred, so much anger. Leave Madonna alone and check to see what can be done about YOU. I'd take Madonna any day rather than someone like you
christie nicolle September 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM
spoken like a limp wristed whining liberal sycophant who voted for inept Obama, i'm sure.
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Flyguy October 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Christie. To your eventual dismay, we do have something in common. I'm am on the fence with you on this one. But You have to admit you do hate a lot of people and you tend to rant uncontrollably. For now let's just say you are very passionate. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of Madonna's image or lady gaga and I am gay. I think miley Cyrus' recent strip club performance was very disappointing a bit desperately seeking attention. I feel bad for her. Even my kids had the sense to be offended by it miley. Don't forget Brittany spears. So to summarize. I am a gay dad of three kids that doesn't like the antics of Miley, Madonna and gaga. My kids are also offended by them. Which means this gay parent is installing good values upon his children. Surprising huh!? All of that must really confuse you. I do have to say that I actually met madonna, several times. I have to admit she was quite nice down to earth and not slutty in person. She does help a lot of people. And she was one of the first allies for equal rights. Her earlier music has inspired some people to believe in themselves and her charitable works have helped so many unfortunate people. She must have some shred of decency. So her image may not agree with you but she's not all bad. Anyway. I expect a nicely hateful retort that I have come to expect from you. I figured if I comment on enough of your comments I may enjoy a response from you. It's been great understanding you
christie nicolle October 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Do you have to call someone a hater just 'cause they speak their truth? The Left is always seeking distortions to deny truth + deny Reality... Anyhow, glad to know your gayness has not stop you from instilling values to your kids; all i'm saying is they'd be healthier + happier with both a mother and a father... you can't deny that? In a perfect world, bringing children into it should be reserved Only for those with no mental or sexual issues... as Buddha said, all life is suffering... so why add to this suffering by contaminating the innocent with one's imperfections?

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