Photo: The Surf Lodge
Year-round residents of Montauk have a message for summer visitors from Manhattan: stop partying or leave. The New York Post reports that East End locals are asking officials to force bars to stop serving alcohol at 2 AM. They aired their grievances at an East Hampton Town Board meeting on Tuesday, where dozens of summer-share protestors came out with some colorful thoughts to share.
Apparently, the Fourth of July was the straw that broke the camel’s back when the “raucous hipsters” partied until dawn, urinated in bushes, and had sex on the side of the road. One resident pointed out that “Montauk is turning into Hamptons Bays,” where the rents are typically lower. Aside from requesting that bars close earlier, locals are suggesting that some extra-loud clubs shut down, illegally parked cars get towed more quickly, and that all renters are listed in a registry of sorts. Montauk might have the reputation of a laid-back surfer town, but spots like The Surf Lodge make it nighttime destination for the weekend crowd.
In true 21st century fashion, locals have started a “Fighting for Montauk” Facebook page to protest the crowds and save the town from the bearded, whiskey-chugging direction it’s going. Jayma Cardoso, owner of the Surf Lodge, spoke to Curbed Hamptons earlier today in response to the residents’ concerns. She admits that Montauk has been inundated with more visitors than it’s used to, but doesn’t think it’s fair for residents to point fingers at her business, which already closes at 2 AM (though it’s allowed to stay open until 4 AM). “I spend a great deal of time focusing on how to be a better neighbor, how to create a safer environment, and how to continually build a culture via my business that Montauk can be proud of,” she told Curbed.
Stay tuned for more updates on the small town drama, and if you’re headed to Montauk, check out the BlackBook city guides for where to eat and drink right now.