Montauk hot spot Surf Lodge was closed over Memorial Day weekend after failing to get a permit to open.
A source told us, “People with dinner reservations for this weekend were showing up to find the place closed.”
The venue’s lawyer, Andy Hammer, explained to us the issue was over a new “curb cut” for a driveway that required county approval.
Hammer added that an initial application was denied, but that “the necessary agencies are reviewing this project on an expedited basis and hope to have the necessary approvals in place . . . by this coming weekend to open with the approval of all concerned agencies.”
In the past, the popular Surf Lodge has run into issues with local officials stemming from noise and overcrowding.
“Half the town feels that real-estate prices are too high because of what [owner Jayma Cardoso] started, and want her to sell,” said a Montauk insider. “On the other hand, her business gives business to other places, cabs and places nearby.”
The hotel has upgraded its septic system, added bathrooms and a “sound barrier,” and will be reservation-only on Saturdays to cut down on the crowd.
While a summer concert series has not yet been announced, Hammer tells us that the “town has indicated that the music permit will be issued upon the approval to open.”
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