Log In   ·   Become A Member

How Are We Doing With Preserving The Rural Character Of The East End Community?

John A. Viteritti

  |   1 Comment · Print Article

Southampton Village has changed a lot since this photo of Hildreth's Home Goods, a Southampton Main Street landmark, was taken in 1915. (Photo: www.facebook.com)

When I met my future wife while attending college, I was living in Brooklyn where I was born and raised. Her mother's family was natives of Southampton. She had spent summers as a child with family on Moses Lane, within proximity to Sacred Heart Church on Montauk Highway. By the time I met her, she was already upset that Southampton had become "too developed." I had never been anywhere so beautiful. When we moved to the North Fork almost twenty-one years ago, Southampton and areas east had become more developed than when I first saw them, and the North Fork was just being discovered. Out of concern over losing its unique character, the five towns of the Peconic Bay Region took steps to counter it. Its residents approved the sale of bonds to raise money to pay farmers for the development rights to their land in order to avert the proliferation of suburban-type subdivisions. In 2000, residents approved a Peconic Bay Region transfer tax on purchases of most improved and unimproved properties and use the taxes collected to buy properties as well as development rights. The Peconic Land Trust also plays a vital role in preservation, and local governments have regulated subdivisions in order to control development. They also encouraged the agro-business, vineyards, nurseries, and horse farms, which have made the East End a "go to" place and a benefit to local businesses. But, it seems now that the once bucolic, place to get away to "Hamptons" is being challenged by a new occurrence, the recognition of the income potential of home ownership.

It has evolved from why live in my house over the summer when I can rent it out and make a bundle of money, to why not do multi rentals for short stays, and make even more? The fact that this gives rise to violations of health and safety laws associated with overcrowding and other misconduct, seems to pale in comparison to the profit to be gained. Town officials are attempting to combat this recent entrepreneurial phenomenon of "transient rentals" by requiring minimum stays. The incomes of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts are taxed differently, and code requirements are more severe. Real estate brokers, who are licensed professionals, who earn their living in real estate, live locally and contribute to the community, find themselves in competition with the website Airbnb among others. The New York State Attorney General has written a report that condemns their practices as being in violation of law, particularly in New York City. Courts have ruled against landlords and tenants who engage in these unlawful practices.

There is little disagreement that the five towns need affordable rentals in order to provide housing for people who want to live and work here, especially young families who we want and need to survive as a community.

The corrupting influences of Airbnb and others are impossible for our local governments to combat if property owners are determined to put profit over a sense of responsibility to the community. The competing arguments, "I should do whatever I want with my property" as opposed to "the rights of the community to seek what is in its best interest," are constantly with us.

Note: We'd love to hear the reader's point of view on East End development.


John is a St. John's University graduate, licensed Real Estate broker, lecturer, teaches real estate license classes at LIU, NYU, and Cook Maran Real Estate School, and is a well-respected consultant to the real estate industry. www.johnaviteritti.com




Related Articles:

Guest (Robert Feeley) from Chicago, Illinois says::
Opinions count. Make them known. Airbnb is a very destructive entity and they grow by means of deception. Sign up for our forum at www.bnbnightmares.com
May 18, 2015 11:22 pm

 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2003.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1824.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1979.gif
Gary R. DePersia, Corcoran Real Estate
With over $2 billion in transactions, Gary DePersia is consistently ranked among the top producers in the Hamptons. A year-on-year member of The Corcoran Group President’s Council, he has qualified as a national list maker since 2007. In the 2016 REAL Trends & The Wall Street Journal list of America’s top real estate professionals, he was designated #22 nationally and #5 in the Hamptons by volume with nearly $200 million of transactions for the past year.

East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Bridgehampton National Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton National Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

Advertise on Hamptons.com - Have your business be seen by over 2 million viewers including NEW searches
Hamptons.com- Our exclusive online magazine has 2.6 million Page Views YTD for 2015. Contact us to join our elite group of clients that benefit from having a presence on the Hamptons award winning publication www.Hamptons.com

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Despatch of Southampton
Despatch of Southampton has been moving homes locally on the East End for decades. We operate a well-maintained fleet of vehicles that can accommodate any size move. On a day to day basis we service moves from and to New York City.

Hampton Coffee Company is dedicated to making sure you have the best possible experience with our brand, whether you visit one of our cafés, our Mobile Unit, one of our wholesale partners, order through our website, or purchase our coffee on the supermark
We strongly believe that one of the most important parts of being a successful business in the community is truly becoming a part of it. Hampton Coffee Company is proud to support more than 100 different local charities, schools, and organizations each and every year. It is our pleasure to participate in events that are important to our staff and our customers.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.
We exhibit representational artists from around the world, who produce fine art of exceptional quality that challenge collectors to contemplate concepts about the artist, themselves, and our human experience. Utilizing timeless techniques in creating their drawings, paintings and sculptures, our artists have developed unique, signature styles that present a current vision of our world.

Hampton Luxury Liner
Hampton Luxury Liner was started in 2000 as a more luxurious way to travel from NYC to the Hamptons and back. The clientele quickly grew and over the years Hampton Luxury liner became the preferred method of transportation to the Hamptons and NYC for many living in NYC and the Hamptons that wanted a comfortable and affordable way to travel back and forth. In 2009, HLL was taken over by Classic Coach and things with the liner didn’t change to much for years and the owner there changed the buses to Prevost as opposed to Mercedes Setra Top Class Coaches that have always been a signature of the liner. Please call (631) 537-5800 to reserve a charter or email us at Hampton Luxury Liner. The Only Way to Ride!