One thing most people agree on: Southampton needs another supermarket. But where? On Tuesday night, at a fourth public hearing regarding the plan to build a new King Kullen shopping center on CR-39, opponents point out that traffic is already a nightmare there. Proponents argue that CR-39 is the best option that can be found. (When we put the plan up to a highly scientific Internet vote last month, results were about even either way.) And wrangling extends between Southampton Town officials and Southampton Village officials.
Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, quoted in the Southampton Press, said, "If you can show me a place that is better situated to put this, then please share it with me, because we have not been able to find it. If this is not the place then we need to find it." Village trustee Nancy McGann said, "People would like to have it—I don't know that we need it. I feel we will have a huge increase in traffic on our side streets." Yet others point out to the huge growth in the area and said that area residents typically travel to Hampton Bays or Bridgehampton to do their shopping, and a local large supermarket would actually cut road travel. Stay tuned.
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