In accordance with the recent Executive Orders signed by Governor Cuomo, only essential services are being provided by the Town of Southampton at this time. In order to meet the challenge, the Board of Trustees have enacted the following policy regarding permits and licenses:
- All existing General Permits and Renewal expiration dates are extended for sixty (60) days.
- All Commercial and Residential Shellfish Permit expiration dates are extended for sixty (60) days.
- All 4X4 and Boat Ramp permits bearing a 2019 expiration date will be honored for sixty (60) days.
- Freedom of Information Requests will be processed once this public emergency is over.
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.
Road H, Hampton Bays is closed to Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic south of Dune Road (Inlet Overlook) due to the Emergency Dredging and Dune Restoration in the Area.
The Beach in Hampton Bays is Closed to Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic from the Ponquogue Pavilion East to the Inlet Jetty.
Dolphin Lane, East Quogue is closed to Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic due to Emergency Dune Restoration in the Area.
Please be aware that these Closures will be in effect for 4–5 weeks and are subject to change.
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- Trustees 2019-TRUS-416 - Regulations for Dredging of Bay Scallops for 2019-2020
- Emergency Marine Biotoxin Closure - Town of Riverhead (Flanders)
- Notice Shellfish Harvesters
- 2019 Vibrio Control Plan Summary - Diggers
- 2019 Vibrio Control Plan Summary - Shellfish Dealers
- 2019 Fish Stocking Statistics Report
- Shellfishing Newsletter - Fall 2018
- Emergency Designation of Shellfish Lands _Signed Rescind Order_19-Oct-2018
- Re-opening of particular shellfishing areas in Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven and Southampton (PDF)
- Public Notice: Cyanobacteria Bloom in Big Fresh Pond Article 8-24-2018 (PDF)
- Re-opening of Shellfishing Lands in Western Shinnecock Bay Effective Friday, June 2 (PDF)
- 05/16/16 - Closure of Sites in the Village of Westhampton Dunes During Certain Time Periods (PDF)
- Cyanobacteria Bloom Agawam Lake (PDF)
- Regulations for Dredging of Bay Scallops for 2017 (PDF)
- 2016-2017 Commercial Shellfish Notice - North Sea Harbor Management Zone (PDF)
- Trustees 2016-TRUS-253 - Request Seal to be Created and Placed in Town Board Room (2) (PDF)
- Helpful hints for keeping our waters happy and healthy - From your local Town Trustees (PDF)
- Allow Certain 4x4 Permit Holders to Use Lake Agawam Parking Lot as Mitigation for Beach Driving Closures due to Piping Plover and Least Tern Acti
- Expand Daytime Beach Driving Area Along Peconic Bay Beach as Mitigation for 4x4 Beach Closures Caused by Piping Plover and Least Tern Activity
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.