'Hellish' Memorial Day weekend on East End prompts beach restriction order

Signs are now up at Cedar Beach reminding people that the area is for Suffolk residents only.

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2020, 11:42 AM

Updated 1,422 days ago

Share:

Last weekend, the scene at North and South Fork beaches was described as "hellish" by officials and residents who saw a massive influx of out-of-towners.
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman says beachgoers were unable to maintain social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Witnesses called the scene "unbelievable" and saw hundreds of cars descend on the area. Droves came from as far away as New Jersey to park cars on dead-end streets, set up camp and went fishing.
According to Southampton officials, after numerous complaints, including some for social distancing and even public urination, the beach was shut down and restrictions were put in place.
"I followed up with new regulations limiting access to the beaches and parking just to people who are staying in our community," says Schneiderman. "It's unfortunate but we are in the middle of a pandemic."
Southampton officials say they hope newly posted signs will keep nonresidents from crowding the beaches. Most Long Island beaches have similar restrictions -- but in North Sea, residents say this has never happened before, but must be this way for now.
According to a news release from the supervisor's office:
"The new Emergency Order (#7.2 of 2020) limits the use of all town beaches, not just parking lots, to residents and legal renters until June 5th and restricts roadside parking near beaches as well. Emergency Orders like this, suspending local laws, are limited to no more than five days. However, Supervisor Schneiderman indicated the order is likely to be extended."


More from News 12
1:56
Authorities: Nassau County police officer attacked by 2 men, pit bull in East Rockaway

Authorities: Nassau County police officer attacked by 2 men, pit bull in East Rockaway

1:19
Sunny start before cloudy Sunday afternoon for Long Island

Sunny start before cloudy Sunday afternoon for Long Island

0:36
Southampton police: Man arrested in Riverside machete attack that injured 24-year-old

Southampton police: Man arrested in Riverside machete attack that injured 24-year-old

1:10
Lawmakers in Albany pass $237 billion state budget, restore school funding

Lawmakers in Albany pass $237 billion state budget, restore school funding

0:28
Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Andersen, Noesen help Hurricanes push past Islanders 3-1 to open 1st-round NHL playoff series

Andersen, Noesen help Hurricanes push past Islanders 3-1 to open 1st-round NHL playoff series

0:42
'A Dream Prom Boutique' ensures Nassau high schoolers have prom of their dreams

'A Dream Prom Boutique' ensures Nassau high schoolers have prom of their dreams

0:43
Huntington’s Blue Line Deli & Bagels gives away free bagels to customers ahead of Islanders postseason

Huntington’s Blue Line Deli & Bagels gives away free bagels to customers ahead of Islanders postseason

0:18
Car crashes into back of oil truck in Long Beach

Car crashes into back of oil truck in Long Beach

0:19
Authorities: RV catches fire at park in Shirley

Authorities: RV catches fire at park in Shirley

0:28
Police: Levittown woman arrested for driving drunk with 2 children in vehicle

Police: Levittown woman arrested for driving drunk with 2 children in vehicle

1:13
CDC: Children ER visits increased last 3 years for accidental Melatonin ingestion

CDC: Children ER visits increased last 3 years for accidental Melatonin ingestion

2:05
Long Island native ID’d as person who set himself on fire outside Trump trial in Manhattan

Long Island native ID’d as person who set himself on fire outside Trump trial in Manhattan

0:37
Officials: Wildlife rehabilitator took raccoons into her Merrick home without required rabies license

Officials: Wildlife rehabilitator took raccoons into her Merrick home without required rabies license

1:42
FBI on alert as Jewish Long Islanders prepare to celebrate Passover

FBI on alert as Jewish Long Islanders prepare to celebrate Passover

0:35
Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

1:46
Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer’s defense attorney demands information on other ‘top suspect’

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer’s defense attorney demands information on other ‘top suspect’

Is your mom awesome? Long Island tell us why your Mom Rocks!

Is your mom awesome? Long Island tell us why your Mom Rocks!

Show off your team spirit! Share your photos with News 12

Show off your team spirit! Share your photos with News 12