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‘Deep Look’ Yields Approval at Sammy's Beach

In a unanimous decision, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals has granted Daniel and Pernilla Ammann permission to remove three 1950s-era beach cottages from properties they own on Sammy’s Beach Road and construct a new, glassy, 4,652-square-foot home.

Feb 8, 2024
Big Plans for the Wainscott Rest Stop

Georgica Pond has long been ecologically compromised, and the Route 27 rest stop, neighboring the pond’s Talmage Creek, has been identified as a source of significant runoff. Improvements are on the way.

Feb 8, 2024
15 Acres of Water and Two Critical Pumps

Two large pumps buried near the Beacon restaurant on West Water Street were the unsung heroes after Superstorm Sandy, removing an estimated eight million gallons of saltwater from the parking lots behind Main Street, and even in less extreme situations the pumps play an important role in keeping the area dry.

Feb 8, 2024
Dredge Is on the Job In Montauk

The downtown Montauk ocean beach is rapidly changing this week, this time not due to the coastal storms that have ravaged the shoreline this winter but to implementation of the federal Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point reformulation project.

Feb 8, 2024
Thiele and Palumbo Seek Money for Storm Damage

Town officials are urgently seeking funding to mitigate the effects of three storms in December and January that damaged both beaches, particularly at Ditch Plain, leading Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Anthony Palumbo to issue a formal request to Gov. Kathy Hochul on behalf of East Hampton.

Feb 8, 2024
Palumbo, Anker Announce Campaigns for 2024 State Senate Race

New York State Senator Anthony Palumbo, who has represented the First Senatorial District since 2021, announced on Jan. 31 that he will seek a third term. He has at least one challenger: On Monday, former Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Mr. Palumbo’s seat.

Feb 8, 2024
Court Rejects Ambulance Petition

A Suffolk County Supreme Court justice has dismissed a petition filed by Teresa Bertha on behalf of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association that would have allowed Ms. Bertha to sue the village for taking over the association’s ambulance certificate and its bank account.

Feb 8, 2024
Child Care Center Closure Worries Montauk Families

The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, which has operated the child care program at the Montauk Playhouse for 17 years, has announced it will cease operations there effective May 3, and while East Hampton Town is already seeking bids from other providers, many Montauk families are left coping with uncertainty.

Feb 6, 2024
Move to Exempt Senior Center Hits Speedbump

The East Hampton Town Planning Board voted on Jan. 24 to advise the town board that it objects to the latter’s plan to take the lead on reviewing the town’s new senior citizens center, exempting it from oversight by the planning, zoning, and architectural review boards.

Feb 1, 2024
Seeking Storm Surge Solutions for Montauk

East Hampton Town is seeking a coastal morphologist to consult with the town to provide “the most effective short and long-term solutions” to help residents of Ditch Plain in Montauk mitigate storm surge inundation.

Feb 1, 2024
A Request to Add Storm Repair to Downtown Montauk Work

East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez has written to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to request an amendment to the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet, Downtown Montauk project to incorporate damages to the ocean beach caused by storms in December and January.

Feb 1, 2024
Dead Pine vs. Pickup Truck in Wainscott

Kevin Gilbride had just turned south on Wainscott Northwest Road from Route 114 one day last month when a dead 75-foot pitch pine, one of thousands killed by the southern pine beetle infestation, fell on the roof of his truck. “There were branches everywhere. The dogs were freaking out. I thought it was a plane or something.”

Feb 1, 2024