History & Accomplishments
In 1970, a small group of concerned citizens organized themselves in order to block plans by developers to build 1,400 houses near Big Reed Pond in Montauk. Their success led to the creation of Theodore Roosevelt County Park. Since then, CCOM has grown to become one of the most effective environmental groups in Eastern Long Island, playing a major role in preserving State, County and local parks such as Camp Hero, Shadmoor, Hither Woods, Culloden Point, The Sanctuary and Amsterdam Beach, and helping to successfully protect more than 70% of Montauk’s land.
When Montauk’s environment is threatened, CCOM’s board, membership and professional staff work with their neighbors to build grassroots coalitions and educate elected officials about the true costs of failing to protect our natural resources. CCOM advocates for sustainable, appropriate growth that recognizes the critical link between our ecology and our economy. When necessary, CCOM engages its environmental legal team to force protection of Montauk’s unique natural resources.
Today thousands of residents and tens of thousands of visitors enjoy the trails, beaches, scenic vistas, and unique rugged beauty of Montauk because of CCOM’s work.
CCOM has also successfully:
- Protected Montauk from the threat of oil drilling off the Montauk coastline
- Stopped the dumping of toxic dredge spoils in LI Sound and the NY Bight
- Joined forces to create the Community Preservation Fund, a land bank funded through a 2% real estate transfer tax (first time home buyers are exempt)
- Worked for the inclusion of Peconic Bay into the National Estuary Program
- Opposed marina development which threatened water quality in Lake Montauk and Fort Pond Bay
- Led the coalition to stop high speed ferries from docking in Montauk
- Saved Carol Morrison Park (formerly Fort Pond House) from public sale