The Sagaponack Village Board has rejected a request from the owner of Pierre’s Market in Sagaponack—formerly known as the Sagg General Store—to provide outdoor tables for his customers.
At its meeting on Monday, the Village Board turned down Pierre Weber’s proposal to put two benches and two tables with four chairs on village-owned property outside Pierre’s on Sagg Main Street.
Board members had allowed Mr. Weber to temporarily put the tables in the space so that they could see how they looked before making a decision.
After Mr. Weber installed three tables with six chairs on one side and two large wooden chairs on the other, the board determined that the outdoor furniture should be removed immediately. This was due in large part to customers moving the tables so that they obstructed the sidewalk, according to board members, apparently because the customers wanted privacy or shade.
As a consolation, board members said they would be willing to approve two heavy benches, which could not be moved, on either side of a rail fence, as well as tree boxes in front of the store—as long as neither of the benches interferes with the sidewalk or entryways to the establishment.
Mayor Donald Louchheim added that “continual attention must be paid to the litter problem,” regarding pamphlets and newsletters left outside the establishment. He also said the board will look into replacing two fences at the entryway, which he said play a safety role. “Anything to get the village looking pretty again,” he said.
Mr. Weber could not be reached for comment.
Also on Monday, the Village Board introduced a draft local law prohibiting dogs on the ocean beach between the dune crest and water’s edge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from May 15 and September 15. This law was already in place when the Southampton Town Trustees had jurisdiction over village beaches, and now the dog restrictions are being enacted through the village code instead.