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News Brief - Winter 2008:

Hampton Bays Residents Are Awakened to Forgotten Trail That They Don't Want
One day Regina Rouge woke up and looked out her window to see men walking in back of her fence. The men told her that they were building a trail, according to Newsday on December 27. The surprise that Ms. Rouge experienced precipitated a protest against a trail from Ponquogue Avenue to Cormorant Point on Shinnecock Bay that had been mapped for decades. Some of the land for the trail had been bought from property owners and some acquired as exactions for subdivision permits, but the town had never maintained the trail. Adjacent owners had started to expand their backyards into the 20 ft. width. The Hamptons are the sort of place where people appreciate nature and where they also seemingly like trails. But not right past their backyards. And not if there is no parking, Ms. Rouge said, according to Newsday, which might cause people to trespass to reach the trail. When the Town of Southampton began finally laying out the trail, the town hall was flooded with angry calls.

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