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North Sea Day Camp Decision Expected Thursday

Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals to decide if Jay Jacobs' application needs further review.

On Thursday at 7 p.m. at , the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals will finally render its decision on whether a requires further ZBA review and permission for a change of use.

If the ZBA agrees with opponents of the day camp plan, that would not halt the camp application, but it will subject it to more scrutiny before a final decision is rendered. If the ZBA agrees with the developer, the day camp application can proceed through town channels without a formal ZBA review.

Jay Jacobs, the owner of the land and an operator of other day camps, including in East Hampton, is seeking approvals to expand a pre-existing, nonconforming use at the site. But groups of residents have appealed a building department decision that stated the application can proceed without the ZBA's review, and say that the site does not have a pre-existing use as a summer camp of the scope Jacobs' proposes.

The site was most recently home of the , a members-only tennis club. Neighbors in opposition say that plans for a day camp, which includes widening a stretch of Majors Patch, will lead to increased noise and traffic in the neighborhood, and pollution to Little Fresh Pond.

Jacobs maintains that measures will be taken to prevent effluent from entering the pond, and the camp will not deteriorate quality of life for the neighborhood.

Members of the Little Fresh Pond Association and North Sea Neighbors, and others with concerns about the pond's health, spoke passionately at , urging the ZBA to reject the camp application. Jacobs said at the hearing that a day camp is the best use for the property. "It operates eight to 10 weeks for the year, different from a home project, which would have multiple homes that would operate all year long," he said.

Jacobs, the chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, has sued the president and vice president of the Little Fresh Pond Association, . They counter-sued, saying that he is in violation of state law.

GOLD FINGER March 13, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Why open a day care camp in that spot. You have to ask yourself that question to really find out why he (Jay) is so motivated.
Faustina March 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Remember folks that the entrepreneur Jay Jacobs opened a camp in NY state and promptly sold the FRACKING rights to Hess when that proved more profitable. And Decomcratic Chairman Jay Jacobs filed a lawsuit against two of the people who opposed his plan for the camp in order to silence them. What a great neighbor he will make and a real asset to the Shampton community.
Mary Beth March 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Given a choice between changing zoning for a developer and acting on behalf of the community, the town board almost always chooses the former. Remember, in the entire history of PDD's only one has been rejected and just look at the re-zoning proposals for CR 39 bought and paid for by developer political donations.
Allyson March 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
We also should consider the 'promises' of use and management: (A) 8 - 10 wks!..what a good retreate this would be for big moneyed political party members when the camp is not operating; (B) of environmental protection: there are NO monitoring or reguating boards to follow up with any scheduled or suprise visits to the site, to ensure they are protecting the pond, pumping the waste, tracking residual bacteria, etc], And you know they would be using heavy pesticides and herbicides to keep the kids 'deer tick' free and the property without weeds!. If this goes through, it would signal to citizens that common sense is not used, that there is political influence in play, and that our elected officials DO NOT represent or protect the interests of their true employers...the voters. A sad state of affairs it would be...

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