Phyllis and Ilis, ( my rhyming friends!)
Thanks for the good words and advice. I was pretty far back from the shoreline, llis, but thanks. I am one of those people who is so law abiding most of the time, it's ridiculous. I just missed the signs and as I said it's deceiving as there are two public beaches that abut this one so it just looks like a continuation of those beaches. Very misleading. I will fight it legally and the nice thing is I will mention is I have an interview with the local paper coming up about New York Plein Air Painters Society and the locations on Long island I Love to paint ( and how the community treats their artists) The rest of the people love us for the most part and encourage art.
Usually I don't venture into that neck of the woods, but ofcourse that's where some of the water And great rocks are located. I was so busy lugging my gear and watching out for passing cars, I missed any signs. Went back yesterday and there's only two small ones separated from each other quite a ways. Easy to miss.
You have to understand the mentality here on Long Island. The majority of us are average hard working shmos, but there are pockets of extremely affluent people, the majority of whom think that courtesy, consideration and neighborliness are unnecessary to their upscale way of life.
Each of these communities, like Sag Harbor, East Hampton ( in fact anything east of Southampton), Ashroken, Lloyd Harbor ( both near me) have their own private little police forces. These are civil servants who never see any more action than the occasional "outsider" crossing a double yellow line, parking in a "get out of our neighborhood" no parking zone, and the rich kid home from an ivy league school, coming home drunk.
There was an article in one of the big NY papers yesterday about a family who lives in Southampton and went through all the high schools there, who lost a husband in the 9/11 attacks. They have been fighting the elite Town Council for almost a year now to get one stinking street renamed in the man's honor for the first anniversary coming up. This is not an outsider, this is one of their own. Ofcourse there is nothing but resistance. I just shook my head when I read the story. Newspapers have a lot of influence and many of us will apply the pressure now, against that common disdain for their fellow man that many of these rich people display.
They discourage tourists since their own people are rich enough to support the town's exclusive stores, etc.. One great way to do that is establish traps for every possible traffic infraction that exists. Most of us drive automatically, but there are hundreds of things we do each day that can give a cop In Wait a chance to nail you. That "rolling stop" most of us make is a $50. fine. Cross a double yellow ( which they paint on purpose up the entire Main St.) because you see a great and rare parking spot on the other side-$35. Park in a "No Parking" poorly marked spot? Tough-$50., please.
You see that mentality in the papers everyday with the continuous arrest of New York white collar criminals. The main reason for this is that they think, as do all mighty people who have fallen, that they are above the law. That our common respect for our fellow man doesn't apply to them. ( Btw, Martha lives in the Hamptons.)
That's the way it is here. Sad but true. Feel like visiting?