A new law in East Hampton Town requires beach fires to be built inside metal containers. (This has been the case for years in Southampton Town and in East Hampton Village.) Yes, it's fun to build a fire on the beach, but blackened cinders on the beach are ugly, and sometimes people don't do a good job of extinguishing their fires. Can't complain about cleaner, safer beaches. As Jeremy Samuelson, executive director of Concerned Citizens of Montauk, quoted in the East Hampton Star, said, after a winter storm scours the beaches, the remnants of "'hundreds of fires' can be seen. 'It doesn't magically disappear when we throw some sand on it.'" So remember, bring a metal container.
· East Hampton Approves Beach Fire Container Law [EHS]