Bridgehampton residents are taking another stab at displaying their opposition to a proposed CVS Pharmacy in the hamlet, this time with wearable buttons.
The buttons bear a minimalist design that exemplifies a simple message: a red circle-backslash symbol paired with the name of the dual pharmacy-convenience store.
Residents will be distributing the buttons throughout Bridgehampton, including at Almond Restaurant and potentially at other stores. They will also be offering them at the next in what has been a series of demonstrations against the retailer, set to take place on Saturday, August 30.
The buttons are available for a $2 contribution toward the resident-run group Save Bridgehampton Main Street.
Leonard Davenport, of the steering committee for Save Bridgehampton Main Street, said he is also preparing signs that will be posted along Montauk Highway, Lumber Lane and other areas in the hamlet. The signs will be spaced out from one another, each with messages such as “too much traffic” and “too little parking” to tease a larger message advertising residents’ opposition to the proposed CVS.
Some Bridgehampton residents have been up in arms about the pharmacy for months, claiming that the store will add to traffic and parking problems in the hamlet. They have held rallies, attended town meetings, and have even called upon the Southampton Town Board to issue a moratorium against developing on the corner of Montauk Highway, Lumber Lane, Ocean Road, and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, where the pharmacy would go, to allow a traffic and parking study to be completed.
“Almost anything on that corner is going to create a serious traffic and parking problem,” Mr. Davenport has said. “What we want the town to do is to understand how strongly the community feels about this.”