According to Merriam-Webster, a mayor is " an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough". Well, here on the East End, we have very own, self-appointed Mayor of one of the best beaches around, Sagg Main in Sagaponack. Lester Elliston is a local who adores Sagg Main and in season he is there every single day, rain or shine. He keeps an eye on everything and brings it to the right people's attention when something isn't as it should be. Lester loves to swim and is usually our source for knowing the water temps and the swimming conditions. The lifeguards this year were so impressed with his perfect attendance (even they take a day off), the "adopted" him by giving him an official lifeguard whistle.
If there's an event on the beach, Lester is there. Throughout the summer, there's drumming on the beach every Monday night. Started several years ago, this free-event is attended by tourists and locals, including our Mayor, of course. Dan's Kite Fly on the first Sunday in every August? Lester's there. And, of course, he'd never miss a Mimosa Monday, the day the locals reclaim the beach for themselves, even though he doesn't imbibe. It seems as though the Mayor is omni-present but we have seen him drive out of the parking lot at the end of the day, so we know he does go home.
Off season, the Mayor checks on the beach almost every day and he's "Lester on the spot" if there's a weather event. When hurricane Sandy came through around Halloween in 2012, Lester felt compelled to record the event for himself and posterity, which he did. He even interviewed Peter when we went down to investigate. The Mayor made no exception for the recent tropical storm Hermine, he was there proudly wearing the-one-and-only Mayor of Sagg Main hat.
Everyone knows the Mayor and he knows nearly everyone in turn. Whether ambling the beach, greeting one and all with a smile and a chat, swimming under the protective eyes of the lifeguards, or perusing the shore from the dune deck, our Mayor, Lester Elliston, keeps a loving eye on our beloved Sagg Main.