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"These developers came in and built almost an entire new city seemingly overnight, right under our noses, without any prior approvals or even filing a plan.  We tried to fight them but they had deep pockets and delayed every effort until it was too late.  Don't think this can't happen in your neighborhood.!

Truthfully, the first part of the above 'quote' is a joke; the last sentence not so much.  About ten years ago I was almost literally dragged into meetings by my neighbors that made me aware of just how much effort and money is being spent behind the scenes by certain entities to transform the natural beauty of this area into something quite different.  The Montauk area is a fragile ecosystem that already is showing signs of strain under all of the recent development.  Fortunately, it historically has had a fairly strict and practical zoning system.  Technically, though, we are a hamlet and part of East Hampton.  Yet there are always constant, ongoing motions by a small handful who would like to see Montauk as its own corporate entity which would therefore allow for major rezoning.  You can guess where that would lead.  Local taxes would skyrocket as those looking to make a big quick buck would seek to overbuild in an area already vulnerable to the surges of global climate change.

This is one reason I very proudly support the efforts of the great folks led by Laura Tooman over at The Concerned Citizens of Montauk.  They're knowledgeable people who spend great effort to inform the citizenry and to keep a watchful eye on our beautiful natural resources.  Power to them!  Please check them out and support them if you can.


Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.