NIMBY Issues Hit Home as Shinnecock Nation Cuts New Access Road in Hampton Bays

In early February, residents of Quail Run in Hampton Bays woke up to the sound of bulldozers.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation and its development partners had begun cutting and clearing land for a gas station and retail travel plaza they had long been planning to build on approximately 10 acres of tribal property, known locally as Westwoods, on the north side of Sunrise Highway.

Part of the project entailed cutting an access road from the development site on the highway through to Newtown Road, a route that runs perilously close to the porticos and pool areas behind the houses on the east side of Quail Run. In some sections, the new road is no more than 20 feet from residents’ backyard property lines.