It is pretty obvious that C.P.W. has now figured out that its exclusion of at least 80 homeowners from the free use of the beach closest to their homes is deeply offensive to many people not only outside the proposed village boundary but, more important, inside.

Some who live in the hamlet will be able to vote, while their neighbors who pay local Wainscott taxes and have lived here for years, right across the street, will be denied their democratic rights to decide their fate.

I would suggest the group calling itself Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott spend some of their millions of dollars accumulated from donors on preserving Wainscott Main Street and buy new trees to replace those that were rotten and removed.

C.P.W.’s only real agenda is to prevent the Beach Lane cable landing, and it is ruthless in its efforts to achieve this singular goal. C.P.W. has proposed a boundary that deprives nearly 100 of our neighbors access to the ocean beach closest to their homes, thus decimating their property values.

Wainscott residents have always participated in town government. For all of the new people who have no knowledge of our history, here are some names: Diana Weir, Nancy McCaffrey, Richard Myers, James McCaffrey, Sam Kramer, and we even had a congressman to the United States House of Representatives from Wainscott!

“I mentioned in that letter that the proponents of incorporation have oddly skipped over the fact that when another hamlet on Long Island tried the same maneuver, it wound up facing economic ruin with property tax bills threatening to increase by 400 percent and a Moody’s bond rating that would have made it outlandishly expensive just to run the village.”

Before anyone accuses me of hyperbole, I base that number on historical fact. The proponents of incorporation have hired lots of experts, and we all know how consultants are, especially those of us who have worked in that industry. These authorities tell my neighbors and me in Wainscott, in cheery, self-assured voices, accompanied by lots of colorful charts and graphs, that they are pretty darn sure we should expect an increase of no more than about $400 per household if there is incorporation.