Sounds of (a Tad More) Silence at Surf Lodge


The Surf Lodge — the super-chic and super-noisy restaurant and nightclub in Montauk that attracts throngs of young revelers while enraging local residents — has agreed to scale back its occupancy and pull the plug on all live music by 8 p.m. as part of a settlement with the Town of East Hampton.

In an effort to resolve site-plan issues and town code violations, the owners of the hotspot at 183 Edgemere Street on Fort Pond promised to upgrade its fire and septic systems, slash occupancy from 450 to 395, limit outdoor music to no more than two hours per evening — and build a “muffling system” to curb decibel levels from bands and partiers.

The settlement, approved by the East Hampton Town Board on June 28, requires the Surf Lodge to submit an updated site plan application for all improvements to the property within three months and implement a sound-mitigation plan within 30 days. A modified, conditional music permit will be issued, replacing a less stringent permit.

In return, the nightspot will be able to point to a clean record during an upcoming hearing with the State Liquor Authority on the status of its liquor license, which had been under review, and can proceed with upgrades that had been delayed because the outstanding issues had made it all but impossible to obtain town permits.

Overcrowding, out-of-control noise and unapproved building alterations at the lodge had triggered a slew of fines and violations in recent years, though six such charges from last summer were dismissed on technalities late last month.

The settlement, filed in state Supreme Court, marks a new chapter for the Surf, which officials and longtime residents had deemed one of Montauk’s most disruptive and troubling nightspots, while patrons have hailed it as a hip, trendy gathering place that helped transform a once-sleepy hamlet.