Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Town of Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Town of East Hampton Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, and Discover Long Island President/CEO Kristen Jarnagin will be joined by local East End merchants in a press conference on Thursday, August 27, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss preparations being made for those who will be remaining in the Hamptons and East End after the Summer tourism season ends. Thousands are making the seasonal tourist hotspots, like the Hamptons, their new home.
According to recent reports, over 420,000 New York City residents have fled the five boroughs during the COVID-19 pandemic, making their summer residence in places like Long Island, their full-time home. Traditionally, hotels, restaurants, cafes, are seasonal and close after Labor Day Weekend.
Local hotels, restaurants and businesses have seen a huge spike in traffic from New York City residents this spring and summer. Hotels have been sold out due to NYC residents staying full time. Many elected leaders and business owners are concerned about the East End’s new long-term residents and the closure of seasonal businesses. Sales on Long Island have spiked more than 55 percent in Suffolk County as former-City dwellers are seeking property and more space for remote work. Labor Day is no longer a time to say goodbye.
The press conference will take place at the Capri Hotel Southampton in Southampton, NY.