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Oct 12, 2015 1:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Final Informational Meeting On 'The Hills' Project Scheduled For Next Week

Oct 12, 2015 2:16 PM

The last in a series of informational meetings scheduled by the developers behind a proposed luxury golf resort targeting a swath of undeveloped land in East Quogue will be held next week at the East Quogue Elementary School.

The meeting—the fifth of its kind held over the past two months—is scheduled to run from 6 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, October 22, at the Central Avenue elementary school.

Once again, hamlet residents are encouraged to attend so they can ask questions about how the proposed development—a planned development district—would affect their school and community, according to Jessica Insalaco of Quogue. Ms. Insalaco has been hired by the Discovery Land Company, the Arizona-based developer behind the project, to facilitate the meeting that, once again, will feature complimentary drinks and food.

Discovery Land is seeking permission from the Southampton Town Board to construct 108 single-family homes, 10 condominiums attached to a clubhouse and an 18-hole golf course centered on 168 acres along Spinney Road in East Quogue. Most of the remaining land, more than 400 acres total, would be set aside as open space, according to the application now on file with the town.

Though Ms. Insalaco is helping facilitate next week’s informational meeting at the school, she said it is officially being hosted by the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.

“The school is trying to maintain a very impartial stance, so they wanted someone else to hold the meetings,” Ms. Insalaco said, later adding that the school district is sending meeting notice fliers home with students.

East Quogue School Superintendent Robert Long has stressed that the Board of Education is not for or against the project, despite it giving him permission to sign a letter last month acknowledging the potential benefits that the development would offer the cash-strapped district—including a one-time $500,000 donation and an estimated $4.4 million in annual tax revenue.

Each of the last four meetings hosted by the developer attracted an estimated 100 people, according to Ms. Insalaco. She added that she expects a similar turnout for next week’s gathering.

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Perhaps some one will ask about the $1000.00 campaign contribution to Town Board candidate Hagan.`

Public benefit equals 10% of the gross profits by this venture annually for the next 50 years.

Given the amount of cash they have contributed to candidates and town and federal candidates its clear what they are currently offering amounts to chump change.

The greater the profit to the entity the greater should be the on-going benefit to the public.

Let it not be ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Oct 13, 15 8:54 PM
Not likely, that's why this long time Republican will not vote for Hagan who lives in EQ. It is more likely that the Discovery Land Company has already gotten a "wink and a nod" from some elected officials and those running for office. After election day it will all come out.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Oct 14, 15 12:43 PM
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By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Jan 10, 16 10:12 PM