- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Officials in three of the most exclusive villages in the Hamptons are trying to downsize in an area where social status is normally counted in square footage.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1dXnq4S ) residents in Southampton Village have complained that developers have squeezed monstrous houses on lots as small as a half-acre.

Southampton Village administrator Stephen Funsch says residents complain it’s affecting the “quaint” feel of the village.

East Hampton Village officials have drawn up tighter restrictions on home size.

Sag Harbor Village may impose a three-month moratorium on houses over 3,000 square feet and reconstructions that increase size by more than 50 percent.

But home builders say size isn’t the problem.

Wainscott home builder Pat Trunzo calls East Hampton’s move a “solution in search of a problem.”

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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