East End Beacon

State Lawmakers Go To Bat Over Fisheries Cutbacks

The federal government is proposing a 12 percent reduction for the recreational black sea bass fishery in 2018,  despite the fact that scientists say the black sea bass fishery has been rebuilt to two-and-a-half


Photo credit: Kim McKown, NYSDEC

Sixth LI Natural History Conference to be Held March 23 & 24

The sixth annual Long Island Natural History Conference will take place Friday through Saturday, March 23 through 24, with lectures Friday and Saturday in the Berkner auditorium at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This year’s topics for


Anna Evenhouse and Greenport Village Administrator Paul Pallas at Saturday's discussion.

Greenporters Band Together To Take Action on Lead

It’s been the better part of a century since water supply pipes were made out of lead, and it’s been decades since lead paint was banned, but the dangers of this toxic element can


Julie Evans addressed the East Hampton Town Board on March 6.

East Hampton Selects Captain Julie Evans to Represent Fisheries on Wind Farm Project

East Hampton Town’s Fisheries Committee has selected Captain Julie Evans, who has worked on commercial and charter boats out of Montauk for decades, to be the Fisheries Representative working for local fishermens’ interests with


Rodney Avila

Deepwater Wind Hires New Fisheries Liaison, Continues Search for Long Island Fishery Representative

Deepwater Wind’s new Fisheries Liaison, retired commercial fisherman Rodney Avila of New Bedford, Mass., will be on the East End all week meeting with potential independent fisheries representative candidates for the South Fork Wind


Tracy McCarthy and Stephen Searl are now in charge of steering Sylvester Manor into the 21st Century

A New Leadership Team for Sylvester Manor

Two new leaders have taken the helm at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island, with plans to guide the farm through the next phase of its development. Stephen Searl, who had worked as a


Trees infested with southern pine beetles exude popcorn-shaped bubbles of sap in an attempt to expel the beetles.

New York Issues Grants to Help with Southern Pine Beetle Scourge

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded more than $275,000 in Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants to five projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including in Southampton and East Hampton Towns. East


Congressman Lee Zeldin with local environmentalists and town supervisors at the Long Island Aquarium on Friday.

Zeldin & Environmentalists Call for L.I. Hearing on Oil Drilling

The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed opening up coastlines all throughout the country to oil and gas drilling — a move that is proving highly unpopular up and down each of the


Environmentalists, including Bob DeLuca of Group for the East End (center) at the announcement of the lawsuit at Orient Point in July 2016.

Environmentalists’ Plum Island Lawsuit Can Go Forward

A federal district court judge ruled on Jan. 11 that a lawsuit brought by environmentalists over the federal government’s handling of the potential sale of Plum Island could go forward. Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save


Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm, as seen through a 200 mm lens from Montauk Point.

Fishermen Question Deepwater Wind

After more than a dozen informational meetings with the East Hampton Town Trustees, offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind has still not convinced fishermen that its plans to erect 12 to 15 wind turbines 36


Southold's Town Beach entrance on Jan. 16.

Southold Stares Down Rising Seas

The major winter storm known as Grayson that struck Long Island on Jan. 4 carried more than just a fishing shack along Route 48 in Greenport out to sea. It also carried with it


State Troopers Fabio Daino and Peter Nunziata patrol the pine barrens.

Patrolling the Pine Barrens

In the depths of winter and the heat of summer, for the past 15 years, law enforcement teams have been taking to the woods of the Central Pine Barrens twice per month to crack


Be prepared to pay 5 cents for grocery bags in the new year.

Carry-Out Bag Fee Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

If you’ve been collecting reusable cloth grocery bags throughout the past few years, stuff them into your car. You’re going to need them in the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, Suffolk County requires


Deepwater Wind's Block Island wind farm | courtesy Deepwater Wind

Deepwater Wind Picks Wainscott Cable Crossing, Gears Up for Permitting for South Fork Wind Farm

It’s been nearly a year since the Long Island Power Authority agreed to buy the power produced by an offshore wind farm 36 miles off of Montauk, and the firm that is building the


At Monday's groundbreaking for the Ponquogue pier.

Southampton Celebrates Reconstruction of Old Ponquogue Bridge

The ravages of Superstorm Sandy haven’t entirely been cleaned up along our shores, but down under the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays, one of the most severely damaged pieces of our collective seaside lives


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