Birth of a Hamlet
In 1929 one of New York City’s newspapers, The Daily Mirror, offered subscribers the opportunity to buy a 20 x 100-foot parcel of land in an undeveloped area of land between Rocky Point and Miller Place. Buyers had to agree to take a year’s subscription to The Mirror and could then buy the land for $89.75 per lot―$12.50 down and $3.50 a month until it was paid off. A first people erected tents and outhouses. Water was obtained by joining the Sound Beach Property Owners Association and bringing jugs to the Community House (today’s Bedrossian’s Real Estate). Eventually small cottages were built; these were later expanded into single-family homes. The first Sound Beach Post Office opened on June 1, 1946.
Prior to that mail could be sent and received c/o Scotty’s General Store on Echo Ave. or Moeller’s General Store on Sound Beach Blvd. For almost 40 years Sound Beach was a “summer community”—most living here only in the summer months to enjoy the mile and a half of what is still beautiful, pristine beach. Today, Sound Beach has grown to a community which in 2010 had a population of 7612.
Town of Brookhaven
Town Board―First and third Tuesdays of every month, 6 PM
Zoning Board of Appeals―Varying Wednesdays, 9:30 PM (call 451-6477 for dates)
Planning Board―Varying Mondays, 1:30 PM (call 451-6403 for dates)
Miller Place―Wednesday of each month, 7:30 PM, Miller Place High School
Check website for specific dates: www.millerplace.k12.ny.us
Rocky Point―Fourth Monday of each month, 7 PM
Check website for meeting location: www.rockypointschools.org
The Seventh Precinct holds community meetings on the third Thursday of every month, 7 PM, at 1491 William Floyd Highway, Shirley. For more information call (631) 852-6089 or check out
For any neighborhood problems or alerts, call COPE 666.
Sound Beach Property Owners Association
PO Box 213
Sound Beach, NY 11789
Miller Place Civic Association
PO Box 623
Miller Place, NY 11764
Rocky Point Civic Association
PO Box 341
Rocky Point, NY 11788
Northern Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce
5507-10 Nesconset Highway, #410
Mt. Sinai, NY 11766
1491 William Floyd Pkwy.
Shirley, NY 11967
For emergencies call 911
For non-emergencies call (631) 852-2677
COPE (Community Oriented Police Enforcement): (631) 852-8775
Sound Beach Fire Department
152 Sound Beach Blvd.
Sound Beach, NY 11789
For non-emergencies only call (631) 744-2151
For room rental (birthdays, showers, family get-togethers, meetings) call (631) 744-7033
Why Become a Member?
For much of our history, civic associations have served as the “great free schools of democracy.”
As a voluntary association, our capacity for collective action rests on members’ contributions of skill, effort, and time to a common purpose.
Our success in achieving our goals rests on our ability to make our voices heard in the public arena. And the more of us there are, the louder our collective voice will be, and the more we can achieve!
The members of the Civic work to make our community a better, more pleasant place to live. We hope you’ll join us.
Membership is open to all residents, business owners, and property owners within the Hamlet of Sound Beach who have reached the age of eighteen.
How to join: Come to our next meeting or click here to open a printable application form.
Dues: $20 per household due each January. Those joining after October 1st will be validated through the next calendar year.
Meetings: The Civic association meetings are held each month (except December) on the second Monday, 7:30 PM, at the Sound Beach Firehouse, second floor.
Refreshments are served after the meetings.