By 1979, the property — situated on rolling terrain between the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Montauk and Fort Pond Bay — had been home to golf for more than 50 years. But the private owners were bankrupt, and developers eyed the scenic site for housing at a bargain rate. One bid included plans for 220 houses, and another called for 185, Kremer said. Former Assembly Speaker and prominent Montauk figure Perry Duryea asked Kremer and the state for help in saving the course.
IMG_3288″A week later I was in Albany, and I told [Duryea] that I think I have $3.9 million,” recalled Kremer, who had been to the course before and noted its classic layout, natural setting and picturesque views. The state’s bid turned out to be higher than the developers’, and Montauk Downs was public property.
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