Liquor License for Poxy Golf Course Withdrawn


Prompted by a liquor license application for the Poxabogue Golf Course, the Sagaponack Village Board has been paying particular attention to the public nine-hole course at recent board meetings. Although the course’s co-owners, the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, sought to eventually expand the operations at Poxabogue, Sagaponack Village Mayor Don Louchheim maintained that any expansions or renovations of the property would be under the purview of the village, in regards to terms of use and building and zoning code requirements. Mayor Louchheim recently met with a representative from East Hampton as well as Southampton Town Services Administrator Town Blowes and his assistant Sandra Cirincione, and councilwoman Nancy Graboski where they detailed their long term plans for the golf course. The towns hoped to build a new club house and to create a catering facility available for parties and events at Poxabogue. Since the plan was unveiled in the beginning of this year, it seems the towns have deferred the project due in part to protest from Sagaponack Village officials and the Wainscott Citizen’s Advisory Committee, said Louchheim.

Despite delaying these long term construction plans, the towns did agree to consolidate the management of operations for the course. As Louchheim explained it at the board meeting on Monday evening, the towns are set to lease the use of the links and buildings to a golf course operator who will then subcontract the use of the restaurant at the site. Currently, Dan Murray is the proprietor of the Fairway restaurant at Poxabogue. Michael Avella, who owns the Mattituck-based Love Lane catering business and restaurant, however is expected to take over operations of the Poxabogue eatery in March of next year. According to Louchheim, Avella submitted a liquor license application to serve wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages at the course’s restaurant and also wished to extend the hours of operation to include a dinner service. Avella’s attorney’s have since sent a letter to the board noting that his liquor license application has been withdrawn. Should Avella seek to expand the footprint of the building, noted Louchheim, the project would be subject to a full State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) by the village. Time is of the essence for Avella, added board member Lisa Duryea Thayer, if he hopes to move into a renovated space by the spring when he assumes the restaurant lease at Poxabogue.

“I’ve gotten feedback from community members that they like [Poxabogue Golf Course] the way it is and they don’t want it expanded into a major facility,” remarked Louchheim at Monday’s meeting.

AHRB Review Committee

Hoping to expedite the review of minor architectural work, the Sagaponack Village Board of trustees plans to create a one-member review committee to forward insignificant projects to the building inspector and thus bypassing approval from the Architectural and Historic Review Board (AHRB). The sole member of the review committee would be appointed by the chairman of the AHRB.

“We want to try and unclog the AHRB from very routine matters. This is both to get [these types of projects] off its plate and to provide not an unnecessary delay for someone wanting to replace a window or door. It shouldn’t take two months to get it done,” statedLouchheim at Monday’s board meeting. Village clerk Rhodi Winchell added that the committee would allow building inspector John Woudsma to process construction applications throughout the month and not after the monthly AHRB meeting.

“No one has brought it to our attention that this is a problem,” argued Ann Sandford, chairman of the AHRB.

Louchheim urged ANN to sign off on the committee saying the village would test out the idea. He added that if the one-member committee felt an application pertained to a historically or culturally significant structure, of the project was substantial, it would be directed to theAHRB for further review.

“The alternative is [the AHRB] can meet twice a month,” said Louchheim, adding that frequent meetings would allow insubstantial applications to be approved more readily.

The village board plans to set a date for the public hearing on the law at the next board meeting on Monday, December 21.