Neighbors say that Club Lane in Remsenburg is the epitome of a quiet, upscale neighborhood. Many of the houses, regardless of scale, are accented with flower beds, gravel stone driveways, wrought iron fences and brick walkways leading up to their front doors.
Those who live there also say their block is usually family friendly though, on most weekends in the summer, one home stands out for the rest—and not for a good reason.
Loud music often emanates from the house and backyard, party attendees can be overheard hooting and hollering late into the night and, at times, parked cars line both sides of the one-and-a-half lane street. The mornings after are even worse, neighbors note, as there is litter typically strewn across both the lawn and adjacent properties.
“This is a quiet, beautiful area,” said one resident, named Paul, who lives a few houses down from 28 Club Lane and asked that his last name not be published. “It shouldn’t be this way.
Southampton Town officials said that Michael Hurley, the listed owner of the home at 28 Club Lane, is expected to face steep fines, and possibly criminal charges, after he allegedly violated a court-ordered injunction barring him from utilizing the home for short-term rentals. He was served with the injunction on July 22 after several notices of code violations were not heeded, town officials said, and continued to advertise the home as available for short-term rentals.
Mr. Hurley, who did not return calls this week, does have a valid rental permit for the home but, according to the town code, he must rent it for a minimum of 30 days at a time. He allegedly violated three counts of the town code on five different occasions and, as a result, is facing up to $105,000 in fines, according to town officials.
Though he was originally supposed to go before State Supreme Court Justice Gerard Asher today, Thursday, August 7, court officials said on Tuesday that his appearance has been pushed back. Mr. Hurley and the town must submit paperwork to the court by Tuesday, August 12, though an appearance date has not yet been scheduled.
A reporter knocked on the front door of the house several times Friday, but no one answered. A medium-size dog was in the front yard, leashed to a tree, at the time.
Town officials learned of the short-term rentals following a party on June 29 when an unidentified attendee jumped from a second-story balcony and into the property’s swimming pool but missed, injuring his head and arm. At the time, David Tung, 18, of Port Washington was renting the home for the weekend, according to Southampton Town Police. The 18-year-old, who did not respond to a request on his Facebook page seeking comment, was later charged with violating the town’s social host law, a misdemeanor.
Though police said it was Mr. Tung’s first time renting the home, neighbors say that, nearly every weekend, they hear an excessive amount of noise spilling out of house’s windows.
“It’s horrible,” said Paul, later adding that, most weekends, both he and his family see party-goers wandering around the property. “It’s horrible,” he added. “It’s so rude.”
Another neighbor, who declined to give her name, said the noise from the parties disturbs her family on a regular basis, and noted that trash from the rental house often blows into the street and neighboring yards.
Several of Mr. Hurley’s neighbors said they’re pleased that the town is cracking down on his short-term rentals.
“This street has so many houses and flag lots,” said another neighbor who recently moved to Club Lane and did not want to give his name. “The parking has become a real issue. I certainly don’t like the idea of having a party house near my kids.”