Surf Lodge Upgrades Septic

The Surf Lodge, a Montauk restaurant and bar that sits directly on Fort Pond and was originally developed before the Town of East Hampton instituted a zoning code, is upgrading its septic system. 

As part of a 2017 agreement to settle lengthy negotiations over more than 500 citations from the Code Enforcement Department, Montauk Properties, the venue’s ownership group, is replacing the property’s existing conventional system with an innovative and alternative system that is intended to remove 1.6 pounds of nitrogen per day. The previous system did little to treat sewage before discharging it. 

The new system’s effluent disposal system includes 81 pre-cast concrete leaching galleys, designed to provide the required vertical separation to groundwater in accordance with Suffolk County Health Department standards. 

Blooms of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, which are hazardous to humans, appeared in Fort Pond in 2017 and again last year. Excessive nitrogen is among the conditions conducive to the appearance of harmful algal blooms. 

At the town board’s meeting at the Montauk Firehouse on Tuesday, Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said that he was “happy and encouraged to see those environmental improvements are underway” at the Surf Lodge. He said they would “have a significant impact on water quality in the pond. I’m glad to see they are working to get in compliance with their stipulation agreement with the town.”