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08/17/18 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Ram’s Head Inn co-owner Linda Eklund and Easton Porter representative Michael Donovan responded to neighbors’ questions about proposed renovations and Mr. Donovan deferred some questions to a second meeting to be scheduled with neighbors, probably in September.

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Ram’s Head Inn co-owner Linda Eklund and Easton Porter representative Michael Donovan responded to neighbors’ questions Wednesday about proposed renovations at the Inn.

Close to 20 Ram Island residents got answers to some of their concerns on Wednesday about projected Ram’s Head Inn renovations. The two-hour informational meeting included Michael Donovan, a principal of the Easton Porter Group that is contemplating purchasing the property.

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08/07/18 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Ram's Head Inn.

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The Ram’s Head Inn.

Water quality is a key factor in a battle between the owners of the Ram’s Head Inn and some residents over the possible sale of the property to a Virginia corporation that operates high-end hotels and restaurants and specializes in wedding parties and other events. (more…)

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02/08/18 9:40am
JULIE LANE PHOTO The Chequit Inn, reopened in May 2015 under new owners, is for sale.

JULIE LANE PHOTO The Chequit Inn, reopened in May 2015 by new owners, is for sale.

 The announcement by Manhattan real estate brokers Cushman & Wakefield that the Chequit Inn is for sale — with an asking price of $9 million — will keep the same management team in place in the event of a sale.

That’s according to David Bowd, one of the Chequit’s managers, who said Thursday that the owners have decided to sell.

But Mr. Bowd and Kevin O’Shea have a long-term management contract and will go forward with new owners in place, Mr. Bowd said

“We’ve had three amazing years,” he added, and there are weddings and other special events booked along with reservations. From a customers’ perspective, nothing will change, he said.

“It’s all good.”

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12/15/11 3:00pm

JULIE LANE PHOTO | As Curtis Bashaw (left) of Cape Advisors listens, Sound specialists Greg Greenwald (center) of SoundSense LLC of East Hampton, hired by Cape Advisors, and Bob Schmidt of Acoustic Dimensions in New Rochelle, hired by HPOC, talk about working out a single noise abatement plan for a proposed pool at the Chequit Inn at the Dec. 14 continuation of a hearing on the case before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

In a more than two-hour Zoning Board of Appeals hearing Wednesday night, December 14, James and Linda Eklund moved a step closer to landing a deal to sell the Chequit Inn to Cape Advisors Inc. of Cape May, N.J. The deal is contingent on the Eklunds gaining ZBA approval for setback variances to allow for a swimming pool and patio and the relocation of the “Summer Cottage” on the property.

At issue for neighbors who packed the hearing room was whether noise from the proposed pool area off Washington Street could be contained or would become a nuisance in the nearby residential neighborhood.

An acoustic specialist hired by Cape Advisors and one hired by the Shelter Island Heights Property Association (HPOC) both spoke at the hearing and, despite some disagreements, said local concerns could be addressed as the two work out a sound containment plan.

Greg Greenwald of SoundSense LLC of East Hampton, hired by Cape Advisors, and Bob Schmidt of Acoustic Dimensions in New Rochelle, hired by HPOC, had met before the hearing to compare findings and try to reach compromises. They publicly agreed at the hearing to continue their conversations after the hearing.

“I think we’re one draft away,” Mr. Schmidt told board members.

With Zoning Board member Peter Ruig recusing himself from the discussion because he’s a Chequit neighbor, board members appeared inclined to grant the requested setback variances if the two sound engineers can submit a noise plan acceptable to the board.

Board member Phil DiOrio initially wanted to keep the hearing open for further public discussion but the board eventually closed the hearing except for written comments, which will be accepted through January 18.

Board members ultimately agreed they thought they would have sufficient information by late January to begin their own internal discussions of covenants and restrictions they would want impose as conditions on any variances.

A full story will appear in The Shelter Island Reporter December 22.