Town Trustees

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In accordance with the recent Executive Orders signed by Governor Cuomo, only essential services are being provided by the Town of Southampton at this time. In order to meet the challenge, the Board of Trustees have enacted the following policy regarding permits and licenses:

  1. Freedom of Information (FOIL) Requests. The Town will respond to your request when the imposed operating restrictions are lifted.

The Board of Trustees strongly encourages the public to utilize the e-permitting option on the Trustees’ website. Please click on the link as follows:

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Trustees’ Office at (631) 287-5717 or via e-mail at:


Regular Meetings

Work Sessions

  1. Announcement Regarding Dead Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) or “Bunker”

    Please continue to report fish kills by email to or call 631-444-0495 for marine waters or 845-256-3199 on the Hudson River.” – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Read on...
  2. Use of Dredges & set Harvest Limits in Mecox Bay & Set Harvest Limits During Apr.1-Apr.30 (Oysters)

    Authorize the Use of Dredges and set Harvest Limits in Mecox Bay and Set Harvest Limits During the Period of April 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021 for the Removal of Oysters Additional Info...
  3. Impose Temporary Modification on Seasonal Razor Clam and Commercial Shellfish Harvest Restrictions

    Notice of Public Hearing to Authorize Board of Trustees to Impose Temporary Modification on Seasonal Razor Clam and Commercial Shellfish Harvest Restrictions to Prevent Harm to Shellfish Population Additional Info...
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  1. Responsibilities
  2. The Dongan Patent

Established in 1686, the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton is the oldest continually elected board in North America. Their continuing charge is the stewardship of more than 25,000 acres of undivided, colonial-era lands consisting mostly of Southampton’s shores, water ways, marshes, and bottomlands.

The Trustees’ responsibilities in doing so includes:

  • Preserving public access to the water;
  • Upholding the traditions of a maritime community;
  • Advising the Town Board on coastal related issues;
  • Informing the public of the Facts of Coastal Issues and Policy;
  • Representing the best interest of the freeholders;
  • Maintaining and protecting surface water quality;
  • Regulating dock and bulkhead construction;
  • Promoting sustainable harvest of commercial shellfish and finfish;
  • Providing a safe marine environment;
  • Inspecting all structures built on bay bottom.