Greenport waterfront restaurant approved, with conditions

03/04/2011 4:00 PM |

SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | Richard Webley recently won conditional approval to build a restaurant where White's Bait Shop now stands in Greenport.

The Greenport Planning Board issued conditional approval Thursday night for a slightly scaled back restaurant at the former White’s Bait Shop in Bootleg Alley.

The plan, which had seemed destined for approval when it was first presented by principal Richard Webley this winter, hit a sudden snag last week, when village attorney Joseph Prokop said New York state objected.

The problem, Mr. Prokop said, had to do with state jurisdiction over the waterfront and the plan to offer outdoor dining in an area claimed by the state.

It’s still unclear exactly how the state became involved in the application. Village administrator David Abatelli hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.

The problem was resolved when attorney Patricia Moore, who represents Mr. Webley, told planners her client was willing to limit the outdoor seating to the area that owner Cheryl Inzerillo’s deed clearly shows as part of her property.

That means there would be only four outdoor tables, instead of six as first proposed. They would seat a maximum of 22 people. There would also be 18 seats inside.

Board members agreed that if Ms. Inzerillo is eventually able to prove ownership of an additional 10 to 20 feet of disputed land on the harbor, Mr. Webley could apply for expansion of his site plan.

The Planning Board set several conditions:

• The approval applies only to Mr. Webley and his partners. It wouldn’t allow Ms. Inzerillo to rent to another tenant for a restaurant use if Mr. Webley were to leave.
• Before a certificate of occupancy is issued, a final site plan showing all materials and lighting has to be filed by the applicant.
• There is to be no music.
• The restaurant operators must use non-disposable utensils, napkins and plates as a means of controlling litter.
• A minimum 10-foot right of way must be maintained for pedestrian traffic along the waterfront.
• The applicant must return to the Planning Board in October and again the following April to review the operation.
• Ground cover in the area where the outside tables are located must be of a permeable nature.
• No canopy may be erected and umbrellas at outdoor tables must be brought inside at night.

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  • Sucks for Marc…

  • Land of the free?What a joke way too many rules and regulations.

  • Land of the free?What a joke way too many rules and regulations.

  • Imagine if Greenport had a parking garage then at peak seasons tourists could actually park close by and eat at these restaurants. Part of Front street could then be made into a pedestrian mall. Think what that kind of foot traffic would do for the BID.

  • “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
    Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind,
    Do this, don’t do that,
    Can’t you read the sign.” “Signs” by Les Emmerson of 5 Man Electric Band- 1970.
    Some things never change.

  • About time…what’s the big deal!!!!!

  • I hope they will be serving squid!
    Seriously, the wisdom of another restaurant in an area already packed with restaurants aside, why would the attorney for the Village impose and the attorney for the applicant accept a condition that the approval of the use is personal to the operator?
    Isn’t it a basic principle of land use regulation that it is about the land and the use and not the owner?
    Also the periodic review sounds like an unprecedented and questionable condition.

  • This only ensures the failure of another local business… there is no way for an operator to get equity with a conditional use… The planning board has no right to require the operator to come back so much… Mr. Webley… i hope you rethink investing 100k to open a restaurant in a space where you have even less tables and no certainty to your ability to operate year to year… If they do move forward with these conditions, i have a bridge in brooklyn i am interested in selling…

  • Why does it suck for me? We are doing great and will continue to for as long as we are happy doing it. I wish these guys the best of luck. I stated my opinion. You took it and ran with it.

    How great is it that you can call me out by name and you use the name “guest”. So noble of you. ; ) Im sure someone… somewhere is proud of you.

  • Congrats.One more place to try this summer.

  • In addition to the above the planning board dictated, the applicant must maintain and provide upkeep to a right of way that they contend he does not own, to replace a chain link fence on that disputed piece of property and on the adjacent neighbor’s property also. He was instructed on what type of utensils the patrons must use and also to the hours of operation (also on ground cover, umbrellas, awnings, lighting, the shape of the tables and other things too numerous to list). I guess the applicant should consider themselves lucky, at least the board did not nit pick the menu and forbid him from selling cupcakes or clams, if he so chose.

  • In addition to the above the planning board dictated, the applicant must maintain and provide upkeep to a right of way that they contend he does not own, to replace a chain link fence on that disputed piece of property and on the adjacent neighbor’s property also. He was instructed on what type of utensils the patrons must use and also to the hours of operation (also on ground cover, umbrellas, awnings, lighting, the shape of the tables and other things too numerous to list). I guess the applicant should consider themselves lucky, at least the board did not nit pick the menu and forbid him from selling cupcakes or clams, if he so chose.

  • In addition to the above the planning board dictated, the applicant must maintain and provide upkeep to a right of way that they contend he does not own, to replace a chain link fence on that disputed piece of property and on the adjacent neighbor’s property also. He was instructed on what type of utensils the patrons must use and also to the hours of operation (also on ground cover, umbrellas, awnings, lighting, the shape of the tables and other things too numerous to list). I guess the applicant should consider themselves lucky, at least the board did not nit pick the menu and forbid him from selling cupcakes or clams, if he so chose.

  • john, the site was not approved for a restaurant in previous years. One may assume that is why all the guidelines. And get off the cupcake kick. The kid proved his point. Give credit when credit is due. Or just continue to be a d-bag. Whatever you like fine sir.

  • Stop focusing on peak season. Focus on off season. Then you will have a town.