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Decision Reached in Pondfront Expansion Case

The long-running matter of Harry Macklowe’s Georgica Pond property was again before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday, ending this time in a unanimous vote that is unlikely to satisfy the homeowner and will likely be appealed.

Feb 15, 2024
Boards Vie for Control Over Senior Center Review Process

By a vote of 4 to 2, the East Hampton Town Planning Board resolved at its Feb. 7 meeting to hire an attorney to advise it on whether or not to seek "lead agency" status on the town’s proposed new senior citizens center. The East Hampton Town Board has said it plans to take the lead on that review process.

Feb 15, 2024
Sag Harbor to Welcome Cruise Passengers

The first cruise ship to call Sag Harbor a stop on its itinerary will moor in sight of Long Wharf in three months. Officials are looking to ease the way.

Feb 15, 2024
A Novel Approach to Eelgrass Restoration

The East Hampton Town Trustees agreed to permit a new approach to eelgrass restoration in Napeague Harbor, and authorized funding it, when the group met on Monday.

Feb 15, 2024
Tribal Leaders Hail New Rules on Repatriation of Remains, Artifacts

Long Island’s Indigenous communities are hailing a new set of long-overdue rules, established by the Biden administration effective Jan. 12, that have museums and universities across the country covering up or altogether closing exhibits containing Native American funerary displays and other artifacts, which now must either be returned to sovereign tribes for reburial or displayed only with the permission of those Indigenous communities.

Feb 15, 2024
Questions on a Vet’s Office and an Alleyway

The East Hampton Town Planning Board moved closer to approving plans for the Beckmann Commercial building in Montauk at its meeting last week. Dr. Molly is waiting to move in.

Feb 15, 2024
Thiele Announces Retirement After 29 Years in Assembly

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election to the New York State Assembly, signaling an impending conclusion to a 45-year career of public service in local and state government. 

Feb 12, 2024
Has Noyac Mine’s Clock Run Out?

Sand Land, a mine in Noyac that has been the subject of litigation and controversy for several years, appears to have ceased digging at its Middle Line Highway site and has relocated its retail operation to a facility on Montauk Highway in Wainscott.

Feb 8, 2024
New Amagansett Bridge in Design Phase

The New York State Department of Transportation is now designing a new bridge to replace the one that spans the Long Island Rail Road track at the western end of Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett, which has been closed to all vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists since July 1.

Feb 8, 2024
Town Board Revises Zoning ‘Purposes’

In a first step toward a major overhaul of its zoning code, the East Hampton Town Board voted to revise the “purposes” section of the town code pertaining to zoning at its meeting last Thursday. The resolution marks the first concrete step in a process that began nine months ago with the board’s formation of the zoning code amendment work group.

Feb 8, 2024
Town Ponders Flood-Zone Exemptions From Pyramid Law

The East Hampton Town Board has held an initial discussion about potentially amending the town zoning code to allow existing residences in flood zones, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be raised without their owners having to apply for a variance from the zoning board of appeals.

Feb 8, 2024
Bass Quotas Are Reduced for 2024

For the 2024 season, fisheries along the Atlantic Coast (except in Chesapeake Bay) will continue to adhere to a one-fish daily limit of a striped bass between 28 to 31 inches. Commercial fishermen will also see a 7-percent reduction in their harvest quotas this year.

Feb 8, 2024