Environment

Town of East Hampton Accepting Grant Applications for Water Quality Improvements

The Town of East Hampton announced last week it will be issuing a Request for Applications for interested persons to award grant funding for water quality improvement projects.

East Hampton Airport Makes State Superfund Site List

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation listed 47 acres of East Hampton Airport on its “Superfund” site list on May 23.

River Otters Are Making Long Island Home, Once Again

Before wildlife biologist Mike Bottini started his 2008 survey to measure the distribution of river otters on Long Island, there was little information on the furry mammal and whether it inhabited the island at all.

Harbor Panel Backs Plan to Fix Havens Beach Runoff Filtering System

Despite skepticism and some downright opposition from two members of the Friends of Havens Beach, the Harbor Committee on Monday agreed that the longstanding village plan to fix the drainage and filtering system for storm water runoff that was installed in 2013 at Havens Beach conforms to the goals of Sag Harbor’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP).

Judge Blocks DEC’s Permission for Sand Land to Keep Digging

A state Supreme Court judge in Albany on Friday, May 31, blocked the state DEC commissioner’s March 2019 agreement to allow the Sand Land mine in Noyac continue in operation for eight years and even expand its operations.

Town Set to Correct Funding Error for Harbor Water Quality Project

The Southampton Town Board seemed ready on Tuesday to correct a $22,000 funding error made late last year when it awarded the Village of Sag Harbor $264,000 in Community Preservation Funds for a water quality improvement project proposed by the village’s Harbor Committee and Board of Trustees.

State Orders Tribe to Cease and Desist Video Billboard Project on Sunrise

he Shinnecock Indian Nation has announced once again that it will continue to build two 61-foot-high video advertising signs, one each on the north and south sides of the highway, on Shinnecock land the tribe says is sovereign territory, exempt from state and town law.

Generations of Trash at Havens Beach Is Now Treasured

“Sag Harbor Long Wharf Archeology & History of Havens Beach” will preview a wealth of historic artifacts collected by amateur archeologists and metal detectorists.

Legislation Introduced That Could Make Mining Illegal at Sand Land

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle introduced state legislation last week that would prohibit mining on contaminated lands within State designated Special Groundwater Protection Areas.

Harbor Committee Asks Village to Restore Proposal to Require Boat Registrations in Outer Harbor

Should commercial vessels and boats over 55 feet be required to register with the harbor master before mooring or anchoring in Sag Harbor’s proposed “outer management area” beyond the breakwater?That was one several hot topics Tuesday when the multi-year effort to revise Sag Harbor’s waterways code to set the rules for mooring, anchoring and other boating activity outside the breakwater continued before the Village Board and a packed audience at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Mixed Decisions Ahead on Pools; Frustration about Septic System

With its chairman having declared her opposition to granting a wetlands permit to allow a pool within the required 75-foot wetlands buffer overlooking Ligonee Brook at 36 Fordham Street, the Harbor Committee of Sag Harbor closed its public hearing on the case on Monday, May 13.

Shinnecock Leaders Dismiss Eyesore Complaint as Its Video Billboards Go Up on Sunrise

Claiming it is a sovereign government, the federally recognized Shinnecock Indian Nation is ignoring a stop work order issued late last month by the Town of Southampton and continuing to put up two towering video screens, one on each side of Sunrise Highway on tribal land in Hampton Bays, that will show animated advertisements 24 hours a day.

Wooden Guide Rails Replace Steel on Short Beach Road

Wooden guardrails, the same kind used by New York State on the roads in its park system, have replaced the steel barriers along Short Beach Road between Bay Point and the entryway to North Haven, five years after the Suffolk County Department of Public Works installed them as a safety measure without public notice, touching off a firestorm of community protest.

Southampton Town Mine-Monitoring Law Draws Support, Criticism

The voices shouting down local sand-mining operations have been fairly loud lately, but the Southampton Town Board on Tuesday also heard the other side of the debate.

Trailblazing Fifth-Grader Encourages Endangered Species Awareness

Whenever you take a walk on a local trail this spring or summer, don’t forget to take your eyes off the natural beauty surrounding you and look down at the ground here and there.

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Push on To Start Long Wharf Rehab Right after HarborFest

The long planned $4.32-million renovation of Long Wharf could begin as early as September 9 or 10, right after the Chamber of Commerce’s annual HarborFest event that is set to take place on the wharf on the weekend of September 7 and 8, Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy said last week.

Abelita Mateus Takes Piano to ‘The Terrace’

Abelita Mateus is a singer, songwriter and pianist, part of the new generation of great Brazilian musicians.

Editorial: Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

A Gold Star to members of the clergy in Sag Harbor Village who continue to be particularly active in social justice causes.