Dock House, Sultan Variances Approved

The Dock House, located on Long Wharf, is hoping to legalize existing seating and obtain a variance for the associated parking requirements. Christine Sampson photo

The Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday formally approved variances allowing the Dock House on Long Wharf to legalize a number of seats and waive parking requirements and allowing Donald Sultan, a Sage Street resident, to keep a generator in his yard in a spot that doesn’t conform to the village code.

In a 5-0 decision, the Dock House earned approval to keep 12 of the 18 seats it has had for many years, for which a variance was needed because the restaurant is only allowed six seats on its certificate of occupancy. The eatery also won a variance for the three parking spaces that would normally go with those 12 seats, with ZBA chairman Tim McGuire noting the board based that decision on the fact that the Dock House is located in the middle of one of the village’s largest municipal parking areas.

Mr. Sultan, who was represented during the ZBA process by attorney and Southampton Town Judge Deborah Kooperstein, earned the right to keep a generator in place after it was installed 2.7 feet from the edge of his property, where 35 feet is normally required. The matter was complicated by the fact that his house is situated on a corner lot. The 4-0 decision, with board member Susan Mead recusing herself from the vote and alternate member Ted Pettus voting in place of Bob Plumb, who was absent, came after Mr. Sultan agreed to enclose the generator in a structure with soundproofing components.