Don’t Blame Weekenders

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A screenshot from a video posted on Facebook by local photographer James Katsipis shows the mess left behind on a beach after Ruschmeyer's staff party.
A screenshot from a video posted on Facebook by local photographer James Katsipis shows the mess left behind on a beach after Ruschmeyer’s staff party.

Another very busy summer has many year-round residents across the East End eager for the arrival of Tumbleweed Tuesday, when parking spaces will be plentiful, left turns will be possible and going to the beach will be enjoyable. This rings particularly true in Montauk, where residents were up in arms this week after a group of particularly messy partiers left garbage strewn all over the Navy Road beach.

A video showing the leftovers of the party was shared on social media on Tuesday morning by Montauk photographer James Katsipis. The video pans along the public bay beach, showing a ping pong table, kegs, a pig carcass, empty cups, trays of food, water guns, and buckets of rosé strewn across the beach – obviously remnants from the night before.

The garbage was not, as many people initially suspected and suggested in Facebook and Instagram comments, left by one-time visitors to the East End, but was apparently the remnants of the Ruschmeyer’s staff party.

Chefs Eli and Max Sussman, of Ruschmeyer’s, apologized for not cleaning up the beach sooner in response to a comment from local chef Jeremy Blutstein, who told them they should be “ashamed as humans” and “disgraced as chefs for not cleaning up your mess.”

“We are sorry for leaving the beach last night without cleaning it up. We didn’t handle the situation well and for that we apologize. We returned this morning to clean up. Again, sorry.”

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