Construction of Stairs on a Ninevah Beach Prompts Wetlands Violation

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sent a conservation officer to the beach in front of 24 Ninevah Drive in Sag Harbor Hills on August 10 “in response to potential wetlands violations,” according to a DEC spokesperson.

After an inspection, the DEC issued a notice of violation to the unidentified property owner for work conducted without a tidal wetlands permit, a set of stairs built onto the beach from the backyard.

In response to a neighbor’s complaint, the Village of Sag Harbor also issued a citation to the property owner for violating the village’s wetlands code.

Building Inspector Thomas Preiato said on Monday he was not free to identify the owner until service of the citation was accepted, other than to say it was a limited liability corporation.

Formerly owned by Maura E. Lynch, the property was sold recently as part of a bankruptcy proceeding initiated by Ms. Lynch in November 2015 in the New York Eastern District Court.

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Peter Boody is news editor of The Sag Harbor Express. Previously he was the editor of the Southampton Press for many years and also edited several other papers, including the Shelter Island Reporter and the East Hampton Press, of which he was founding editor. He was a regular correspondent for the New York Times Long Island section and wrote the novel “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me.”