Key steps are in place for alcohol to be restricted at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett. Pending approval from Albany, alcohol will be banned within 1,000 feet east and west of the road end on weekends and holidays during lifeguard hours, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The East Hampton Town Board approved the measure on July 17. It will likely go in effect by the beginning of August.
Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc confirmed that the restriction is a result of a compromise between the town board—which wanted stricter measures against alcohol, initially pushing for a ban within 2,500 feet east and west—and town trustees, who wanted more lenient regulations.
Partying at Indian Wells has been an issue for many seasons, but anecdotal evidence indicates that the crowd has been more subdued this summer, likely due to stricter parking regulations that allow only residents to enter, and last year’s ban on taxis or busses from making drop offs.
Once formally approved, the restrictions will be in effect until September 30.