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After Beachfront Suit Settled, Mattituck Couple Sues Southold Town

Christine and Richard Rivera, who had charged neighbor with trespassing, sue town, supervisor in separate case.

Shortly after a New York State Supreme Court jury ruled a Mattituck couple has sued the Town of Southold and its supervisor, Scott Russell, for reportedly removing a boulder the couple say was located on their property.

According to a report in The Suffolk Times, Christine and Richard Rivera are suing for $1 million in damages, claiming the boulder "which constituted a valuable improvement" to their property was taken.

The couple had sued their neighbor, Paul Calabro, charging that he trespassed onto their beachfront property on Sound Shore Road twice, in 2008 and 2009.

Christine Rivera said in a phone interview on Saturday that Russell "left me no choice" but to sue. She said that on Nov. 29, she came home to find the boulder, placed on her property in 1997, had been removed. The supervisor told her he directed the public works department, said Rivera, adding that if she didn't like the decision, she could sue.

After the six-person jury ruled in Calabro's favor on Dec. 9, Rivera had said, "it doesn't change the fact that if someone does trespass on our property, we will handle the matter accordingly."

Read the entire report on The Suffolk Times here.

carmine arpaia December 17, 2011 at 09:28 PM
a $1 million dollar rock huh? sounds like a desperate need for attention to me
unconcerned citizen December 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM
million dollar ?rock? ....right up there with liz taylor's auction....huh? these folks need to take a step back and look at the hilarity of all this ........but please not too soon this is giving all of us a good laugh last thought....... what would judge judy do?
Donald Cocks December 18, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Southold Town, grow some balls and fight these people.
indy December 18, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Maybe if we give the Riveras TWO rocks they'll leave our Town.
Patty Payne December 18, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Joseph why was the rock taken? If the rock was on town property ok move it if it poses a liability, but if that rock was on their private property than Scott needs to put his big boy pants on and put it back and save Southold Town the legal fees.
Tom Amara December 18, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I wonder if the boulder was below the high tide mark also.........
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 18, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Patty -- hi, we'll be following up on this story this week. -- Erin
Lou Serrano December 19, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Really? A million bucks for damages caused by the removal of a boulder? Was it their pet rock? What the hell is this world coming to? Angry that the Supreme Court did not rule in their favor, they apparently intend to get their 15 minutes of infamy somehow. Crap, I hope I don't get sued for this comment. On the other hand, you can't get blood from a stone..........
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Susie Sharp said on Facebook: "someone took a boulder. Really."
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Meredith Little said on Facebook: "Well at least we all know where the grinch lives."
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Denise Lechler said on Facebook: "this couple are obviously a pair of very angry, pompous and narcissistic snobs!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Scott Hunzinger said on Facebook: "Occupy Rivera Beach!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Greg Scholand said on Facebook: "We long time North Fork residents invite these folks to avail themselves of one our best kept treasures.....the West bound lane of Route 25!!!!!"
Robin December 19, 2011 at 04:43 PM
These people really need to get a life.
Karin Jensen-Mirabile December 19, 2011 at 04:52 PM
It's almost too comical to comment--but OMG, these two need to get a hobby. Maybe they should volunteer at a homeless shelter and see what the REAL WORLD is like.
mkeller819 December 19, 2011 at 06:00 PM
These people have too much money and too much time on their hands!
BOB PALADIN December 21, 2011 at 02:37 PM
it is unconscionable for the taxpayers here t have to pay to defend this frivilous lawsuit. I say we counter sue them 'personally' for abuse of process and wring their house out of them and make it a homeless shelter....i stopped turning the other cheek years ago
Lou Serrano December 21, 2011 at 04:48 PM
or bettyer yet, a community beach acces area where anyone can walk or sit on the beach and enjoy natures beauty.
BOB PALADIN December 21, 2011 at 04:55 PM
lou we can do both if Scott the Supervisor will fight these creeps
Lou Serrano December 21, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Yes, but at what cost to the taxpayers? Do we really need to spend money and resources , which we all know are scarce, on this lawsuit? I am sure that the town supervisor has better things to do with our money and his time.
BOB PALADIN December 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM
lou my understanding is that he was served personally too and has great risk in this. its totally unfair if we don't fight them they will win a summary judgement and we all pay through the nose . that's why i want to make sure the penalty for them is severe my theory is simple if you want to sue go ahead but when you lose you really lose
Lou Serrano December 22, 2011 at 03:14 PM
And the hits just keep on coming..........
Nancy Stein December 24, 2011 at 01:04 PM
The problem is; they HAVE a hobby. It's called "annoying everyone within a 5 mile radius and suing those who dare to challenge them." They now need a NEW HOBBY.
Nancy Stein December 24, 2011 at 01:06 PM
The town can countersue. If this boulder was truly placed on town-owned land to block access to the beach, as has been contended, then the town can sue for the cost of the removal, as well as any damage that was done to the town-owned land. I'm hoping these people get "served" for Christmas.
angelina December 31, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Agreed!
angelina December 31, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Would be nice if they finally saw what they are really like. Pompous, arrogant and have little friends in the neighborhood.

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