The “Private Parking” signs posted outside the Hero Beach Club resort in Montauk, claiming, according to the Town of East Hampton, public land as private property, have finally come down. They have been replaced by signs worded “Private Property: No Trespassing” along most of the head-in parking spaces along South Eton Street.
Only, according to the town code, a small percentage of each space is actually on land belonging to Hero Beach.
All this has been a bone of contention between Jonathan Krasner, a restaurant developer who is the face of the Hero Beach franchise, and the East Hampton Town Planning Board. Krasner is trying to get site plan approval for a bar on property he has already built, and for which he has a liquor license. The license allows up to 499 people to be served on the property. The site is lacking the required on-site parking spaces, according to the town code.
Krasner has previously been critical of the process, pointing out that he’s bringing jobs and money to the community.
In a development that likely won’t help matters, during a July 19 sweep coordinated by the State Liquor Authority and the East Hampton Town police, Krasner was charged with a misdemeanor, for allegedly storing liquor in an area not covered by his license from the SLA. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge August 15. Meantime, Krasner and his representatives are scheduled to go before the planning board in the coming weeks.
Others cited for violations in Montauk on July 19 was Richard Gibbs, owner of Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café, and Barbara Capri, an owner of Sloppy Tuna, and a manager from Rushmeyer’s, Tyler Aposhian. All will be arraigned on August 15.