East Hampton Airport delay, golf courses and noise complaints

Hopefully, despite the delays, East Hampton Airport will soon close as a public airport taking over everything, to become a smaller, quieter private airport with a new name and a new set of rules. decided not by the FAA but by the new owner of the airport, the same East Hampton Town that owned the old airport. (A good tip.)

From new rules are reduced hours, each aircraft allowed only one take-off and landing per day and higher landing fees. Aircraft under 4,500 pounds will still pay a $20 landing fee. But planes weighing between 4,500 and 50,000 pounds would pay $300 to $1,750. This will discourage the use of commercial aircraft, but it will also discourage local airmen, many of whom live here or commute here and own, for safety reasons, heavier twin-engine aircraft.

Know what ? Tourists who come to the Hamptons via Shelter Island pay Southern Ferry $20 per trip. But residents of Shelter Island only pay $6.25 per trip. Residents from elsewhere get discounts on beach parking permits. Why not give local travelers the same deep discount given to local residents for ferries and beach parking?

The proposed new name for the airport? This will be East Hampton Town Airport. And you feared it would become East Hampton International Airport.

The Bridge Golf Course in Bridgehampton


Every summer, one or other of the great golf course in the Hamptons is closing for a day so non-members can play. The money raised, usually around $30,000, becomes a charitable donation to the Bridgehampton Childcare and Leisure Center.

But this summer, for the first time, four of these private golf courses, Atlantic, The Bridge, Sebonack and Maidstone, will be closed – but on different days so you can play all four. The Center will receive approximately $120,000.

The Center was founded for the underprivileged in our community in 1949, when two children died in a fire in a migrant barracks on a potato farm in Bridgehampton. For half a century, the center operated out of small farm buildings on the 6 acres allocated to them, where the annual budget reached $100,000.

Now the organization is raising money for a recreation and swimming center that is expected to cost $5 million. They also plan to move into their new $3.5 million administration and classroom building next month. Children can participate in computer classes, SAT programs, music, dance, art programs, basketball, Little League, chess, homework, summer camp, tennis, theatre, scholarships, food pantry, conferences and celebrations.

Beware of golf balls sign of the golf course near you
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Speaking of golf, a judge just awarded a family living in a house next to a golf course in Kingston, Mass. near 5 million dollars because the sound of golf prevented this family from enjoying the peace and quiet of their home.

When designing this golf course, the 15th hole had to be a dogleg. A wood housing a private house blocked a straight shot. Nevertheless, many golfers have tried to shorten the dogleg by hitting a ball over the woods.

For years, the residents of this house, Erik and Athina Tenczar, complained unsuccessfully to the Indian Pond Country Club. They also recovered the golf balls that landed on their roof, smashed their windows and banged on their doors, nearly 700 of them, whom they then brought to justice.

The club, in settling this lawsuit, agreed to move the tee box to another location so the shortcut wouldn’t be so tempting. Until now though, the club thought the dogleg was a hell of a hole indeed. I mean, it’s golf.

Michael C. Ford