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Town Board to vote on temporary permits for out-of-town boat haulers

At a special meeting last Thursday, the Southold Town Board voted to schedule a public hearing on amending the code requirement for trailer permits at town boat ramps.

Under current code, only commercial haulers with places of business within town are eligible for boat ramp permits.

“It became clear that many local residents rely on out-of-town haulers to launch their boats each year,” Supervisor Scott Russell said in an email Tuesday. “The proposed amendment provides for residents to apply for a permit on behalf of the hauler. It’s a temporary launch permit that identifies the resident and the boat.”

The temporary permit is good for two weeks from the date it’s issued to allow time for the hauler and boat owner to coordinate a launch, Mr. Russell said. The permit would cost $10 and would appear as a placard in the window of the hauler’s truck. 

The Town Board discussed the permits at last week’s work session and decided to hold a special meeting last Thursday so that they could vote on the amendment at the next Town Board meeting on June 5. 

When a resident asked about the hauler permits during a previous meeting, the supervisor said this is a stopgap measure so that people can get their boats in the water for the season.

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Photo caption: A view of Peonic Bay from Mattituck beach. (File photo)