Zoning Board Chastises Sag Town Coffee at Hearing

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The inside of Sag Town Coffee on August 19, 2018. Christine Sampson photo

With Sag Town Coffee in Sag Harbor Justice Court facing a stack of 54 citations for code violations from building inspector Tom Preiato, the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday reluctantly agreed to postpone Sag Town’s appeal of Mr. Preiato’s determination that the business is operating outside the scope of the use specified on its certificate of occupancy, which is at the heart of its Justice Court proceedings.

Sag Town Coffee, which closed for several months after sustaining severe damage in the December 16, 2016, fire that also damaged the Sag Harbor Cinema, reopened last summer.

Attorney Brian DeSesa, representing Sag Town, requested the postponement of the hearing, stating he was not prepared to present his case because he had not been aware it would be on the calendar that evening.

ZBA members expressed their doubts, with Susan Mead suggesting, “What you really want to do is keep it open.”

“No, I want to resolve this matter,” Mr. DeSesa replied.

The board voted to continue the hearing to its September 18 meeting. Sag Town will be in court again in October, facing a $1,000 fine per citation.

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