06/18/13 5:00pm
06/18/2013 5:00 PM

LINDSAY REIMER PHOTO |  A storm whips across Long Island Sound Monday night at Town Beach in Southold.

Suffolk Times reader Lindsay Riemer captured images of last night’s quick moving storm that swept across the area before leaving behind a beautiful sunset. Ms. Reimer’s images were shot at Town Beach in Southold.

LINDSAY RIEMER PHOTO  |  A sunset Monday night at Town Beach in Southold.

LINDSAY RIEMER PHOTO | A sunset Monday night at Town Beach in Southold.

07/12/12 12:00pm
07/12/2012 12:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Even town officials didn’t know that locally it’s illegal to go to the beach with a dog, which makes this pooch taking a dip at Goose Creek in Southold a scofflaw.

Dog owners may have reason to be confused about whether they can bring their pets to Southold’s beaches.

Some Town Board members recently said even they weren’t aware that the town code actually prohibits dogs on all town-owned beaches. That code provision is seldom, if ever, enforced.

Southold also doesn’t have a leash law in areas outside of beaches, but simply requires that dogs be under their owners’ control, said Supervisor Scott Russell.

The board is considering loosening restrictions at some beaches, perhaps allowing dog owners to bring leashed dogs to town beaches at road ends. Dogs are not, nor will they be, permitted at bathing beaches with lifeguards.

Board members plan to continue the discussion at upcoming meetings.

They first looked into the issue after Mattituck resident Dan Catullo reported two weeks ago that he was attacked by two dogs at Bailie Beach on the Sound, just east of Mattituck Inlet.

Mr. Catullo said the beach, which is owned by the Mattituck Park District and so not under the town’s control, is known as “dog beach.”

The town also has no say on the use of privately owned shorefront. Mr. Catullo said the attack took place below the high tide line in front of private property, an area open to the public in most cases.

During the board’s July 3 work session Police Chief Martin Flatley said the beaches should all be posted with “No Dogs Allowed” signs. He said the police can check to make sure the signs are in all the places they are required. More of those signs began appearing at town beaches late last week.

A particularly confusing situation has occurred at the New Suffolk town beach. There’s a pet waste disposal bag dispenser in a field adjacent to the beach along with signs urging dog owners to pick up after their pets. But until this week there was no sign indicating that the dogs are not allowed on the bathing beach.

The supervisor said he understands how that could leave people confused. “Pick up after your dog if it’s here, and pick up your dog if it’s here,” he said.

The town installed “No Dogs Allowed” signs in New Suffolk late last week.

Board members agreed that a public education campaign could help clarify the issue.

Councilman Al Krupski said that after word got out that the dog park on Peconic Lane would be closed if people didn’t clean up after their pets, dog owners cleaned up the park almost immediately.

Mr. Catullo suggested that dog owners will also pay more attention to the laws if they start getting tickets for bringing dogs where they aren’t allowed.

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06/28/11 10:02am
06/28/2011 10:02 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A sand restoration project at Southold Town Beach has been completed just in time for summer.

Most of the work needed to repair damage caused at Southold Town Beach by the blizzard of Dec. 26, 2010, has been completed — just in time for the summer season.

Town officials attributed the expedited process to the donation of 6,400 cubic yards of sand material from Cross Sound Ferry, which captured the material from a recent dredging project in Orient.

Director of public works Jim McMahon said that while the town has been approved for federal disaster aid for the blizzard, which caused severe erosion on the East End, the donated material created a savings of over $195,000. It did, however, cost the town $50,000 to transport the material from Orient, he said.

“This is the first time we’ve received the donated material; it usually goes to state parks in Orient,” Mr. McMahon said, adding that the Route 48 beach was restored earlier this month. “They didn’t need it and we did. It really worked out to our advantage and saved everybody a lot money.”

Town engineer James Richter said a four-inch layer of “screened sand,” which is material free of gravel, was placed on top of the dredged material.

Mr. Richter said that although the beach has been restored, it will only be a matter of time before the newly placed sand is eroded away.

“If we’d had that storm 30 years ago we wouldn’t have had a problem because the beach would have been able to take it,” Mr. Richter said, adding that the beach has become more vulnerable to erosion over the years.

The town is considering some stabilization measures, such as building a rock wall with large stones to decrease the water’s force on the shoreline, but those costly plans are currently on a town “wish list,” Mr. Richter said.

In addition to restoring sand at the beach, Mr. McMahon said the town replaced about 15 feet of parking lot that was destroyed by the storm and is applying a final layer of asphalt to it. The crumbled parking lot had been closed since the storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay up to 75 percent of the restoration project, with the state and town splitting the remaining 25 percent.

Town officials said while the total cost of the project will be considerably lower than the original $284,000 estimated due to Cross Sound Ferry’s donation, a grand total hasn’t been determined yet because work is still being done in the parking lot.

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