Environment

Flights Are Up at the East Hampton Airport

Flights into and out of East Hampton Airport were up 7.5 percent in the first half of 2019 and are on track to climb by 10 percent by the end of the year.

State Grant Awarded for Havens Beach Drainage and Filter Improvements

The Village of Sag Harbor has received a State and Municipal Facilities Program grant of $125,000 to pay for most of the long-planned Havens Beach drainage and filter improvement project, on which work should get underway late this fall,

Eating What You Love: The Credo for Mile-a-Minute Weevils

Mile-a-Minute weevils live to eat Mile-a-Minute weed, an especially aggressive invasive species from Asia that is popping up all over the region. The Village of North Haven last year bought 500 of them at $1 each from an agricultural lab in New Jersey to suppress a patch of the fast-growing vine behind Village Hall. Like the weed they love to eat, the weevils are transplants from Asia.

Violations Don’t Mean Lots of Vessels Are Spewing Septic Waste, Harbormaster Says

The 53-percent non-compliance rate the Sag Harbor harbormaster found in July is no indication of the proportion of vessels that might be illegally discharging sewage into local waters, he said during an interview in his office overlooking the harbor later in the week.

State Will Study Fish, Birds And Fishermen To Help Wind Farm Planning

New York State’s renewable energy agency will direct some $2 million over the next three years to a suite of environmental studies intended to forecast the effects of offshore wind farm construction in the waters off the Eastern Seaboard.

Montauk Counters Wainscott With Petition Against Deepwater Cable Landing

Residents groups from Montauk and Wainscott are circulating competing petitions, each seeking to convince state officials that their respective hamlets are the wrong place for the power cable from the South Fork Wind Farm to be connected to land.

Legal Hiccup Briefly Threatens 2 West Water Street Approvals

As recently as mid-July, a jurisdictional question threatened to impose one more regulatory hurdle on developer Jay Bialsky’s 2 West Water Street condo project just when it seemed he was ready to begin work after years of review by multiple government agencies.

Ceremony Set to Mark Opening of Steinbeck Park as a Public Space

Officials from Sag Harbor Village and Southampton Town will gather next week to celebrate the opening of the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park, named for the author who wrote “The Winter of Our Discontent” in Sag Harbor, but found contentment at home in the seaside village that embraced him and his wife, Elaine.

Mayor Makes First Appointments to Environmental Advisory Committee

Sag Harbor Village Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy’s promised Environmental Advisory Committee is beginning to take shape, with the mayor announcing its first five members at the first work session of the Village Board under her leadership on July 24.

U.S. Provides $900K to Study PFOS, PFOA Contamination in New York State

Two U.S. senators announced last week that the federal government has allocated nearly $900,000 in funding to conduct a New York State health study to analyze the harmful effects of emerging contaminants known as PFOS and PFOA.

Opponents Hammer Proposal for Oversized Fitness Facility in Bridgehampton

Several dozen community members attended the Southampton Town Planning Board meeting on Thursday, July 25, to speak in opposition to a proposal to build a 27,000-square-foot Equinox fitness and health facility along Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.

Business Owners Fret about Surprise Closure of Long Wharf in September

Shopkeepers in Sag Harbor this week say they learned only by word of mouth and from local newspaper reports that Long Wharf would be closed to vehicles for a massive restoration project from September until June 2020.

Mayor Shows Concept Drawings for Steinbeck Park on Sag Harbor Waterfront

Images showing how Sag Harbor’s new 1.25-acre waterfront “Steinbeck Park” might look when it is fully developed and landscaped dazzled the handful of people — fewer than a dozen — who were in the audience for Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy’s first Village Board of Trustees work session on Wednesday, July 24.

Harbor Planners Urge Code Change to Control Waterfront Uses

Village attorney Denise Schoen and environmental planning consultant Kathy Eiseman will send a memo to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees on behalf of the village’s planning board asking the trustees to consider a second look at the code that governs development on key waterfront parcels in Sag Harbor.

Science Star deGrasse Tyson Headed to The Spur

The theory’s impact on the science world is immeasurable—just as it is on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will be recording an episode of his podcast, focusing on the subject, at The Spur East in East Hampton on Friday. 

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Pierson Field Hockey Season Ends in Familiar Fashion

“Never give up on yourself. Work together, stay together, believe in yourself and never give up,” Joyce Arbia said as tears welled in her eyes following a 1-0 loss to Carle Place in in the Long Island Class C Championship game at Centereach High School on Saturday.

Point of View: Long-Term Planning for Sag Harbor Village

Thank you to all who attended the trial run of a Saturday Village Board of Trustees work session on October 26.  For anyone who could not attend I have written out my notes about of long-term goals for the village.

South Fork Commuter Connection Service Returns

Uninterrupted service on the South Fork Commuter Connection will resume on November 11 as work to replace two train trestles in East Hampton will finish the day before.