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Southampton Town Trustees
- Freedom of Information (FOIL) Requests. The Town will respond to your request when the imposed operating restrictions are lifted.
The Board of Trustees strongly encourages the public to utilize the e-permitting option on the Trustees’ website. Please click on the link as follows: https://epermits.southamptontownny.gov/
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Trustees’ Office at (631) 287-5717 or via e-mail at: email@example.com
- 1 p.m.
- First and third Monday of each month
- (unless otherwise noted on 2020 Trustees Meeting Schedule)
- 116 Hampton Road
Southampton, NY 11968
Established in 1686, the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton is the oldest continually elected board in North America. Their continuing charge is the stewardship of more than 25,000 acres of undivided, colonial-era lands consisting mostly of Southampton’s shores, water ways, marshes, and bottomlands.
The Trustees’ responsibilities in doing so includes:
- Preserving public access to the water;
- Upholding the traditions of a maritime community;
- Advising the Town Board on coastal related issues;
- Informing the public of the Facts of Coastal Issues and Policy;
- Representing the best interest of the freeholders;
- Maintaining and protecting surface water quality;
- Regulating dock and bulkhead construction;
- Promoting sustainable harvest of commercial shellfish and finfish;
- Providing a safe marine environment;
- Inspecting all structures built on bay bottom.
The Dongan Patent
The Dongan Patent established the Board of Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton in 1686. The patent, a document which granted the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton access and rights to common underwater land, rights of way to the water, marshland, and common areas, also created the Board of Trustees to act as stewards for these title lands.
His Majesty King James II of England through his General Governor, Thomas Dongan, granted over 25,000 acres of land, instituting the first official government in the Town of Southampton. Local, state, and even the Supreme Court of the United States have repeatedly ruled that the Dongan Patent is as valid today as it was in 1686. The Dongan Patent guarantees every town freeholder's right to access and use this land and its resources. But with these rights comes responsibilities.