With the total anticipated costs of a new emergency radio communications system climbing to more than $11 million, the East Hampton Town Board approved an additional $2.8 million in borrowing last week.
In a pivotal step toward the creation of a new waterfront park in Sag Harbor, developer Jay Bialsky and the Town of Southampton’s Community Preservation Fund closed on the $10.5-million sale of his 1.25-acre parcel on the Sag Harbor waterfront — formerly known as 1,3,5 Ferry Road — to the town on Wednesday, July 25.
Another person’s trash is artist Cynthia Pease Roe’s treasure.
“I call it the animal,” said Dee Yardley, Sag Harbor’s superintendent of public works, as he watched his man Joe Weeks drive a Cherrington model 5000 sand sifter-beach rake over Havens Beach on a rainy Tuesday morning.
Developer Jay Bialsky confirmed on Monday that everything was in order for a closing on Wednesday, July 24, on the 1.25-acre parcel he has agreed to sell to the Town of Southampton’s Community Preservation Fund for $10.5 million.
A humpback whale escaped from a fishing net it had become entangled in off Sagaponack on Monday afternoon.
The all-too-familiar tale in Sag Harbor of property owners or their contractors violating their permits and the village code was told again last week when the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board took up the cases of 140 Bay Street and 17 Milton Avenue.
After a month’s time and the intervening change in village administrations, the Sag Harbor Village Board’s response was a lot more positive on Tuesday to a second airing of Southampton Town’s plan to remove a failing bulkhead on Round Pond, shift the end of Middle Line Highway away from the water to create a natural buffer, restore the natural shoreline there and install “rain gardens” to filter runoff before it reaches the pond.
Unlike jets, helicopters and seaplanes, bluebirds don’t make a lot of noise. In fact, as thrushes, they sing a lovely song — and the wooden boxes in which the nest on the grassy terrain around the East Hampton Airport are on track to yield about 60 birds this season.
The Harbor Committee formalized the unanimous vote it took last month to support a long-pending village plan as a short-term solution to pollution at Havens Beach and flooding on Hempstead Street by boosting the overflow capacity of the runoff filtration system at Havens Beach and creating easier access to the filtration sponges it contains so they can be serviced.
There are no issues with the well water at Poxabogue, but a public facility, with a restaurant, should have public water, because it is tested even more frequently,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “It just makes a lot of sense since there has been issues in the area."
The Mecox Cut, a man-made trench dug periodically between the Atlantic Ocean and Mecox Bay, has been flowing for nearly 13 weeks, and closing it does not appear to be an option anytime soon because of the presence of endangered and threatened bird species.
East Hampton Town has pledged to help Sag Harbor implement a series of stormwater runoff abatement projects along Bay Street and in the Azurest neighborhood, using the town’s Community Preservation Fund revenues.
The Village of North Haven this season is working to establish a database to prove the effectiveness of its 4-poster program to kill ticks and reduce the incidence of tick-borne illnesses on the 2.7-square-mile peninsula between Shelter Island and Sag Harbor.
The South Ferry, along with The North Ferry, which provides rides to and from Greenport, has had to adjust its operations in the growing wave of effects from climate change