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What do the Southampton Town Trustees Do? Matt Parsons, Southampton Town Trustee Candidate Explains

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Matt Parsons Southampton Town Trustee Candidate walking on beach

When talking to my friends and neighbors, I get asked this question a lot. I thought it would be a good idea to give a quick breakdown of what they do and how I can best serve you.

The Southampton Town Trustees are a unique and essential local government body that provides crucial contributions to preserving and managing our beloved coastal areas.

A Historical Legacy

The Southampton Town Trustees have a rich historical legacy, dating back to the 17th century when the town was first settled. In 1686, the Dongan Patent, a royal charter, granted the people of Southampton control over their common lands and the underwater rights to their shores. The Trustees were established to protect and manage these precious coastal resources on behalf of the community.

1. Coastal Resource Management

One of the Southampton Town Trustees' primary responsibilities is managing the town's coastal resources. This includes safeguarding the waterways, bays, and beaches that make Southampton a renowned destination. The Trustees work diligently to ensure the responsible use and enjoyment of these resources by residents and visitors alike.

2. Access to Public Trust Lands

The Trustees are pivotal in ensuring public access to the town's beaches and waters. They manage public trust lands, ensuring these areas remain open and available to everyone. Access to these natural areas is essential for recreational enjoyment and economic opportunities in the community.

3. Environmental Stewardship

Environmental conservation is at the heart of the Southampton Town Trustees' mission. They take proactive measures to protect the local environment, including water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and erosion control. By collaborating with various organizations, they engage in projects that enhance the overall ecological health of the region.

4. Regulation and Permitting

The Trustees issue permits for various activities, such as dock construction, wetland modifications, and shellfish harvesting. These permits are essential to ensure that activities are conducted responsibly and in accordance with environmental regulations.

5. Public Engagement

The Southampton Town Trustees actively engage with the community, hosting public meetings and forums to discuss important coastal and environmental matters. They encourage public participation and seek input from residents, fostering a sense of community involvement.

6. Erosion Control and Beach Preservation

Given the challenges posed by erosion and rising sea levels, the Trustees work on beach preservation and erosion control initiatives. They implement measures to protect the shoreline and maintain the natural beauty of Southampton's coastline.

The Southampton Town Trustees are dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and ecological health of Southampton Township. Their multifaceted roles encompass coastal resource management, environmental stewardship, access to public trust lands, regulation and permitting public engagement, and much more. By ensuring responsible use of coastal resources, protecting the environment, and promoting community engagement, the Trustees play a vital role in maintaining the unique charm of Southampton's coastal areas. Their commitment to safeguarding these natural treasures ensures that future generations will continue to enjoy the beauty of the Hamptons for years to come.

How My Expertise Can Best Serve Our Community

As a dedicated marine biologist, with over a decade of experience in the field, and an owner/operator of a successful aquarium installation and maintenance business, I am deeply invested in the preservation of our coastal resources. My professional background has allowed me to intimately understand the delicate balance of our local ecosystems and the significance of protecting our natural assets.

If elected as your Southampton Town Trustee, I am committed to using my expertise to ensure the responsible management and conservation of our coastal resources, while promoting public access, environmental stewardship, and sustainable growth. By voting for me, you are supporting a candidate with both a passion for our community's future and the qualifications to make that vision a reality. Together, we can ensure the continued prosperity of Southampton Township for generations to come.


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