Sending Out An SOS: Rich Hamptonites Need Your Help

"It will be like Apocalypse Now."
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In less than two weeks, high season in the Hamptons will kick off. All along the East End, assorted staff from pool boys to gardeners to party planners to people whose sole purpose is to fetch and deliver coke have been gearing up for the summer, when residents of Further Lane, Meadow Lane, and beyond will set up camp, shuttling back and forth from NYC each weekend. This year, however, a dark cloud is threatening to ruin everything.

The Masters of the Universe — who usually shuttle by helicopter between the Hamptons and Manhattan — will make a desperate plea Thursday for a temporary restraining order to prevent restrictions from going into effect at the East Hampton Airport. Helicopters will be limited to one flight a week to or from the East Hampton Airport under new rules imposed after a three-year campaign by neighbors infuriated by the nonstop noise. But chopper fans are having a meltdown. The biggest impact will be on billionaire Ira Rennert, who owns two choppers: a Sikorsky S-92 that can seat 19 people and a Sikorsky S-76 that can seat 12...Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein, art dealer Larry Gagosian and Jets owner Woody Johnson are said to be other frequent fliers...

“It’s high noon on Thursday,” said one aviation supporter. “If we don’t get the TRO it will be chaos.” [...] “It will be like ‘Apocalypse Now,’” said one Hamptonite.

What can you do to help? As stated, this Thursday is D-Day and if you've always fantasized about standing up for a cause you believe in, now is your chance. A van will be departing from midtown Thursday morning and taking anyone who wants to show support out to East Hampton's town hall, or wherever the hell this thing is being voted on. There's power in numbers, so try and convince at least 8 or 10 co-workers to make the trip out with you (your superiors will understand). Signs are always a big hit so bust out the poster board and try and improve on "Landing Pads Have Feelings Too You Monsters."

Rich Hamptonites annoyed by helicopter cutbacks [NYP via BI]

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