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Town Board may extend amnesty period for special event permits

06/21/2019 5:58 AM |

Applicants for special event permits in Riverhead Town will get more time to comply with new regulations the Town Board approved in December, under a proposal that was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday.

If approved, the proposal would constitute the second extension the board has allowed.

After a number of special events applicants failed to comply with the new regulations, which officials say were approved in part because applications were regularly being turned in late, the board granted a six-month amnesty period that expired June 18.

The proposal being considered at Tuesday’s public hearing would extend the amnesty period to Dec. 18.

“This was a recommendation that came from the town’s business advisory committee and, also, the majority of Town Board members,” Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said. “We all agreed we needed a longer roll-out for this law to take effect.”

No one from the public spoke at the hearing, which remains open for written comments for 10 days, according to Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith.

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