Hampton Bays Restaurant Rumba Will Install New Septic System When County Gives OK

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An attorney for the owners of Rumba Rum Bar, a restaurant off Canoe Place Road in Hampton Bays, said earlier this month that they are waiting for Suffolk County Health Department approval to install a new septic system that will allow the restaurant to increase its seating.

In January, the Suffolk County Board of Review granted a variance that permits Robert Arcate, the owner of the property, to double the restaurant’s wastewater flow from 555 gallons per day to 1,185 gallons per day by restricting the flow that is permitted on a neighboring property.

Last summer, the town threatened to take legal action against the restaurant if it continued to exceed its seating occupancy on a regular basis. It currently has approval for 16 restaurant seats and five bar seats.

David Gilmartin, an attorney for David Hersh, who owns and operates the restaurant, appeared before the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on June 20 to ask for an adjournment of the application, which seeks relief from town parking requirements and seeks to appeal a certificate of occupancy issued in January. Mr. Gilmartin said that the owners are also waiting for a determination from Southampton Town Building Inspector Michael Benincasa as to how many parking spots they can get credit for based on the number of transient boat slips at the property.

Once that determination is made, the Zoning Board of Appeals application would be amended, Mr. Gilmartin said during the meeting. He added that the owners filed the application after being cited in 2011 and 2012 for not having a valid certificate of occupancy or site plan. “The courts required us to put this in a time we may not have been fully prepared,” he told the board.

Mr. Gilmartin and Mr. Arcate did not return calls seeking comment.

The ZBA adjourned the application to August 1.

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