Harbor House Investigated for Code Violations


The Southampton Town Investigations and Enforcement Unit, assisted by town police officers, concluded an investigation into noise complaints and overcrowding at a Sag Harbor home with the execution of a search warrant Sunday morning, June 13.

The case stemmed from a noise complaint received on Friday, June 11. Neighbors reported that a large group of people were making noise at a Middle Line Highway home, according to reports, and police investigating the incident interviewed 17 people at the residence. They hailed from Great Neck and were all 18 years old or younger, according to reports. Authorities later obtained a search warrant.

Officials conducted an interior inspection and noted a total of eight alleged safety and building code violations that will be served to the homeowner, James Melis of New York City. It was found that all of the safety equipment, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors were broken and broken gates were around the pool, according to a report.

The home under investigation is advertised on the Internet as “a relaxing, rejuvenating and romantic retreat.” Space is rented nightly, weekly, and seasonally, officials said.

“It is our hope that the investigation sends a message to absentee landlords who set up dangerous living conditions,” said Councilwoman Bridget Fleming.