A large pile of sand occupying multiple spaces in a ocean beach parking lot in East Quogue has left some residents feeling frustrated, inconvenienced and just a little bit curious.
Deposited a few weeks ago in the Dolphin Lane parking lot off Dune Road, the sand pile takes up about three parking spaces and, according to Southampton Town Trustee Eric Shultz, belongs to Stephen Katz, who owns a nearby home on Dune Road. The sand in question is earmarked for a private beach renourishment project, for which Mr. Katz has the necessary permits, Mr. Shultz said.
Mr. Shultz, who oversees that part of the town for the Trustees, said he received at least one complaint about the sand, but he expects it to be removed by the end of the week.
He added that Dolphin and Triton lanes are used frequently as access points for private beach renourishment projects, but because of a backlog in work caused by Hurricane Sandy last fall, many that would have been completed over the winter still are not finished yet.
“It’s an extraordinary circumstance this year,” Mr. Shultz said. “Usually, those kind of things are taken care of in January. The roads are routinely used. This is an anomaly because the emergency permits—since there are so many, some of them haven’t been granted all at once.”
He added that the section of beach was inspected prior to work starting to ensure that nesting piping plovers, which are endangered, were not disturbed by the work.
Mr. Katz could not be immediately reached for comment.
Local residents, meanwhile, looked perplexed—and annoyed—when they stumbled across the pile of sand this past weekend.
“I don’t know whose it is or what it’s here for,” East Quogue resident Jeff Rothfeld said. “But it’s making it tougher to get around and find a parking spot.”
Others were less diplomatic about the situation, stating that the sand has been there for a long time and has become a nuisance.
“It’s time for someone to do something about it,” said Gary Potter of East Quogue.