April 23, 2019
Dear Southampton Shores Neighbors,
On April 9, the Southampton Town Board shot down a proposed amendment to
the town code that would have allowed septic retaining walls to be built without a
permit from the building inspector.
As a result of this decision, the six-foot high concrete retaining walls (pictured below)
that Marc Levin and Mariana Loose (116 Turtle Cove Drive) constructed facing Turtle
Cove Drive, and directly on our shared property line, remain non-compliant. The law
at the time construction began, and today, states that such walls should be no
greater than 4 feet in height and set back a minimum of 5 feet from the street and, on
the side yard, set back far enough to landscape.
To date, our neighborly efforts, verbally and in writing, to offer a settlement to help
the Levins comply with a re-design have been unsuccessful.
On May 2, there will be a 7pm public hearing of the Zoning Board of Appeals at
Southampton Town Hall, 16 Hampton Road, concerning the appropriate height
and location of the Levins’ walls. I would urge residents of Southampton Shores
who care about maintaining the bucolic character of our community to attend the
meeting and voice their concerns.