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On Making Hybrid Permanent

The East Hampton Town Board took initial steps this week toward a permanent allowance of “hybrid” meetings, in which video conferencing would enable both in-person and remote participation of the board and its committees.

Apr 21, 2022
Self-Storage: Issue Is Parking

A proposal to change Home Sweet Home, the Wainscott moving company that has been in operation there since the mid-1960s, to a self-storage facility with 443 units, hit a couple of significant snags when the East Hampton Town Planning Board met on April 6.

Apr 21, 2022
Blade Says Air Traffic Will Increase

“An overwhelming percentage” of users of Blade Air Mobility, which allows users of its app to book seats on scheduled helicopter and airplane flights, will fly “into or out of other sites on the East End” if the aircraft they are taking to the Hamptons is prohibited from landing at East Hampton Airport, the company promised this week. 

Apr 21, 2022
Hero Beach: Food for Guests?

The Hero Beach Club, the Montauk resort with the winking smiley face on its exterior, finally saw some positive reaction to its hopes of serving food to its guests, at the March 23 meeting of the East Hampton Town Planning Board.

Apr 21, 2022
Town May Look at Natural Ball Field Option

Members of the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday voiced a willingness to consider natural grass and dirt at the Little League fields to be constructed at 110 Stephen Hand’s Path in Wainscott.

Apr 21, 2022
Pickleball, a Racket of a Sport in Sagaponack

The fastest-growing sport in America — pickleball — is also the noisiest, according to a survey conducted by sound engineers hired by the Village of Sagaponack. As a result, the village board will recommend requiring new pickleball courts to be built with larger setback from adjacent properties.

Apr 21, 2022
Lily Pond Lane Construction Decision Is Delayed

A project at 33 Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton Village, with a 15-year history of court battles and angry neighbors, and tens of millions of dollars at stake, may have met its match in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr 21, 2022
Judge Denies Wind-Cable Lawsuit

A lawsuit seeking to stop the installation of an underground electric cable serving the South Fork Wind Farm was rejected by a federal judge last week.

Apr 21, 2022
2 Sag Harbor Main Street: Up for Grabs

“We did make an offer, it was rejected,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman in a phone conversation last week about the town’s attempt to purchase 2 Main Street in Sag Harbor using community preservation fund money. The building’s current owners, who bought it in 2018 for $18 million, are said to be interested instead in developing it as residential property.

Apr 21, 2022
Traffic Got You Down? The End’s in Sight

“It’s hard to keep track” of all the local road work projects happening now, said the South Fork’s state assemblyman, Fred W. Thiele Jr. of Sag Harbor, for whom a drive along Route 114 is a frequent occurrence. Long an advocate for the total repaving and repairing of that road, Mr. Thiele assured his constituents this week that the inconvenience of the project will be worthwhile.

Apr 21, 2022
Targeting ‘Drag-Out’ Dirt

Proposed changes to the East Hampton Town code would expand the definition of litter to include “gravel, loam, dirt, and other debris,” as well as prohibit “drag-out” of such materials onto public roadways and require that the contents of any vehicle containing yard waste be covered and secured. The motivation for the proposed changes includes complaints about drag-out of debris from commercial industrial sites such as sand and gravel mines.

Apr 14, 2022
State Says ‘Hybrid’ Meetings Can Stay

Covid-19 pandemic-era exceptions to New York State’s Open Meetings Law, which allowed meetings to be held, and the public to participate, via video conference, can be made permanent, thanks to changes adopted with the state’s 2022-2023 budget.

Apr 14, 2022