Environment

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. 

County Study On Ticks Finds High Infection Rates In East Hampton

East Hampton has the highest percentage of Lyme disease-infected adult deer ticks among Suffolk County townships, a study released by county officials on Monday concluded.

Ørsted Wins Bid From New York State For Large New Wind Farm Off Montauk

State officials announced last week that energy supply contracts will be awarded to two offshore wind farm developers for the construction of giant wind...

New Towers Would Push Cost Of Emergency Radio System To Over $11 Million

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.

Town Acquires ‘Steinbeck Park’ Waterfront Parcel from Developer Jay Bialsky

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.

Tide Is High—And So Are The Stakes for Artist Raising Awareness About Ocean Debris

Another person’s trash is artist Cynthia Pease Roe’s treasure.

Beach Rake Is ‘An Animal’ at Cleaning Rocks, Debris from Havens Beach

“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.

Closing Set for July 24 on “Steinbeck Park” Waterfront Parcel

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.

Whale Tangled in Fishing Net Off Sagaponack Gets Free

A humpback whale escaped from a fishing net it had become entangled in off Sagaponack on Monday afternoon.

Stop Work Orders Issued at Two Properties in Historic District

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.

Round Pond Plan Gets Warmer Reception from New Village Board

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.

The Bluebird: An East Hampton Flyer Who Sparks Delight

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.

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Tommy John Schiavoni Announces State Senate Run

Southampton Town Board member and Sag Harbor resident Tommy John Schiavoni announced his candidacy for State Senate on Friday

Pierson Volleyball Is Bound for States Once Again

The Lady Whalers will make a return trip the New York State Class C Championships after they knocked off Oyster Bay, 3-1, to earn the program’s seconds trip to states in three years.

Sag Harbor Superintendent Katy Graves to Take Leave for “Immediate Surgery”

“With a heavy heart, I regret to inform the members of the Board of Education and the community that I will have to step away from my duties beginning on November, 22, 2019 as the Superintendent of the Sag Harbor Schools for immediate surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City,” said Ms. Graves in a letter to the board of education on November 15.