Property between Trout Pond and Mill Creek will be preserved

Town CPF Fund Buys Noyac Land

A Noyac parcel in a wetland preservation target area will be acquired by Southampton Town.

Town board members unanimously approved a resolution to purchase the land from Rotondi Properties LLC and amend the Community Preservation Fund list to include the 1.7 acres of land on Noyac Road that it will buy for $1.75 million. Town-protected Trout Pond is immediately south of the parcel and drains north into Mill Creek,
which feeds into Peconic Bay.

“Acquisition of this property protects vital wetlands, and can also provide recreational access to Mill Creek via the existing catwalk and dock area,” CPF coordinator Mary Wilson said on October 9. “The property also provides an opportunity to extend the trail system to include a scenic water view.”

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said while there is parking at Trout Pond, he thought the area could provide some additional parking spaces for those accessing the marina, especially since crossing the road from Trout Pond to the dock is dangerous.

“They could walk down to the water,” he said. “And we could use the vista being protected to see the water over the property.”

The land has been cleared prior to the sale, Wilson said, but would be restored with native grasses and monitored to make sure no non-native species gained a foothold.

“You can see the water heading northeast,” Wilson said. “Particularly if you’re enjoying Trout Pond from the vista, it’s a nice view.”

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