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Golf Club Owners Slap Town WIth $25 Million Suit

The town planning board was also named.

Riverhead Town has been slammed with a $25 million lawsuit by the Great Rock Golf Club in Wading River.

According to a suit filed with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on July 19, the owners of the Great Rock Golf Club, represented by Riverhead attorney John Ciarelli, are charging that Riverhead Town and the planning board deprived them of their property rights, free speech, equal protection, liberties and due process, as well as their right to petition local government to redress grievances.

The suit mentions a 2011 legal action commenced by the Riverhead Neigbhorhood Preservation Coalition, based on the group's belief that the proposed expansion of an allegedly non-conforming use was prohibited.

The suit alleges that the town then "refused' to process the golf club's site plan application, which was five years old at that point, and demanded a "stay."

When reached by phone on Friday, Riverhead Town Attorney Bob Kozakiewicz said he could not comment because he had not completely read the lawsuit and hadn't had a chance to fully review its content.

Ciarelli did not immediately return a call for comment.


Dennis August 04, 2012 at 10:49 AM
What kind of golf club was it ?? A DRIVER?? A 3 WOOD?? AN IRON??? I hope my golf clubs dont sue me for abuse!! lol I guess you meant the "country club",but then again it is early :)
Desiree Passantino August 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
The town circumvented its zoning to enab le an 'overlay' zone to accommodate the wishes for GR developers. The 'planning' in the town of Riverhead is becoming redundant.
Eva Salzman August 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Dennis, plus a golf club wouldn't really slap anyone. It'd club 'em of course.

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