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Mine Law Hints at Larger Problem

At first look, an effort by the East Hampton Town Board to gain greater regulatory power over sand mines and composting operations might seem worthwhile, but is it really?

Dec 30, 2021
The Coming Redevelopment Wave

Deep-pocketed investors are excited to get a piece of the anticipated post-pandemic boom. How much further disruption this will bring to the East End way of life is up to local officials — and a well-informed public.

Dec 30, 2021
Denying Reality, Endangering Us All

With the Omicron variant of Covid-19 on a rapid rise, the danger of being unvaccinated comes again into sharp focus. And yet, for many, even the recent threshold of 800,000 deaths in the United States is not persuasive.

Dec 23, 2021
Helping Elders — and the Young

As the cliché goes, endless ink has been spilled over a wide range of subjects here on the South Fork, and while measuring it all would be pointless, we can be certain that reasonably priced housing would make the top two or three. So it was with some excitement this week that a new idea came in over the transom in the form of a letter to the editor.

Dec 23, 2021
On Affordable Housing, Bring in the Brokers

In all the discussions of affordable housing, the voices that often seem underrepresented are those of real estate industry professionals.

Dec 16, 2021
Keeping Skies Dark

This is a good time to take stock of how the area is doing in keeping the sky dark at night.

Dec 16, 2021
Why John Papas Matters

Restaurants like John Papas Cafe carry something of a place’s soul.

Dec 16, 2021
Political Risk in Airport Half-Measures

What happens now that East Hampton Airport is under local control remains unclear despite years of talk. This is a sharp disappointment.

Dec 9, 2021
Unwelcome by Design in Tesla Territory

It was predictable that just as the first Tesla electric car-charging station appeared in East Hampton Village people would grumble.

Dec 9, 2021
Problematic Precedent in Public-Private Deal

In one of the more heavily debated purchases of its kind in recent years, East Hampton Town will soon close on the purchase of less than two wooded acres off Green Hollow and Buckskill Roads.

Dec 2, 2021
Sorry, Jeff Bezos, We’re Shopping Local

Trouble this year within the web of suppliers that bring goods from manufacturers to retailers has made holiday buying fraught.

Dec 2, 2021
Improving Enforcement

A change to the ways East Hampton Town ordinances are prosecuted would be a significant improvement over the antiquated procedure in use now, which requires a mountain of paperwork and takes officers out of the field. Under the present rules, only parking and other very minor tickets can be handled by mail or online; everything else has to be handled in town court. This leads to a sizable backlog, particularly as violations pile up in the summer and can take well into the fall to be dealt with.

Nov 24, 2021