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Riverhead Resort Zoning Proposal Catches the Region’s Attention

Pictured Above: The soundfront property listed as the North Fork Resort on Alfred Weismann Real Estate LLC's website. Update: Feb. 18, 2024 The Riverhead Town Board has cancelled the public hearing on the proposed zoning change originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, citing feedback from the farming community. The board intends to discuss and perhaps amend the code at an upcoming work session and hold a new public hearing at
The East Hampton BESS facility, a collaboration between National Grid and NextEra Energy, was the site of a fire in May of 2023.
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State Battery Fire Group Issues Code Recommendations as Southampton Considers Moratorium Extension

As moratoriums on new Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) continue in Southold and Southampton towns this winter, a state task force convened last summer to investigate three BESS fires in New York has released a draft of 15 proposed fire code changes to help prevent and mitigate fires. The report, released Feb. 6, comes as the Southampton Town Board is considering a six-month extension of a moratorium on consideration of
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Riverhead Receives More Funding For Water Mains as EPA Funding Paperwork Continues

Pictured Above: Riverhead is still working through the federal paperwork to receive grant funding to bring clean water to its residents in Manorville, after the Suffolk County Water Authority began work last fall bringing public water to the Brookhaven side Manorville. Riverhead Town announced Jan. 18 that it has been awarded another $5 million in funding to connect residents with wells contaminated by perfluorinated compounds to public water, as the
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Southold Begins Mapping Flood Areas

Pictured Above: Shipyard Lane in East Marion during the flooding on January 10. | Daniel Maul photo As the East End faced a one-two punch of coastal flooding overnight Tuesday, Jan. 9 into Wednesday, Jan. 10 and again on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 13, Southold Town staff began work on a new project to map areas of frequent flooding in anticipation of a new Coastal Resiliency Action Plan getting
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CAT Files Suit Over Riverhead’s Cancelation of EPCAL Contract

Pictured Above: At EPCAL Calverton Aviation & Technology, LLC (CAT), filed a notice of claim and complaint against the Town of Riverhead and its Industrial and Community Development Agencies in Suffolk County Supreme Court Jan. 8, arguing that the town "engaged in a scheme to evade Riverhead's binding contractual obligation to sell 1,643 acres at the EPCAL property in Calverton CAT" and demanding that the town honor the contract. The Riverhead
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Riverhead Passes Calverton Industrial Moratorium, Airport Prohibitions at EPCAL

The new Riverhead Town Board passed a six month moratorium on industrial development in Calverton in a 4-1 vote at its first regular board meeting Jan. 3, overriding a recommendation of the Suffolk County Planning Commission staff that the moratorium be limited to three months. The board also voted to approve a change in the town’s ‘Planned Development’ zoning use district to prohibit airports from operating in these districts, after
Downtown Riverhead as seen from one of the three coves in the Riverside park property
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Riverhead Has Reservations about Riverside Redevelopment as Sewer District Formation Continues

Pictured Above: Downtown Riverhead as seen from one of the three coves in the Riverside Maritime Trail Park property The Southampton Town Board will continue to hear public comments on the environmental review of its proposed Riverside sewage treatment plant in January, as the town prepares further documentation for the creation of the sewer district. The lack of a sewage treatment plant has long seen by Riverside redevelopment advocates as
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Government Southold Top Stories

Hochul Signs Deer Hunting Pilot Bill for Southold

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill to create a Southold pilot deer management program in the works since the summer of 2022. The bill enables a pilot program allowing the DEC and Southold Town to allow Certified Nuisance Wildlife Specialists to engage in culling of deer in certain areas within Southold Town where the town has found they "have become a nuisance, destructive to public or private
Margaret Steinbugler and Theresa Dilworth outside Town Hall Dec. 11.
Business Community Government Southold

Southold Doesn’t Mince Words in its Distaste for Tax Breaks for “The Enclaves”

Pictured Above: Margaret Steinbugler and Theresa Dilworth outside Town Hall Dec. 11. Only one member of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency board came out to Southold to hear what residents had to say about $2.7 million in tax breaks the agency is considering for the proposed luxury resort hotel "The Enclaves" on the Main Road in Southold at a hearing Monday, Dec. 11, but if the other members of
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Climate Change Government Southampton

Southampton to Hold Dec. 12 Hearing on Climate Action Plan.

The Southampton Town Board will be accepting public comment on its Climate Action Plan at a Dec. 12 public hearing at 1 p.m. at town hall.  The plan, in the works since 2021, lays out a path for the town to follow to reach its ambitious goals of dramatically reducing the town’s carbon emissions, with the goal of the town being carbon neutral by the year 2040. The plan, drafted
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Riverside Revitalization Moves to the Front Burner

Pictured Above: An artist's rendering of the potential future look of Riverside. It’s been eight years this December since Southampton Town approved the Riverside Revitalization Action Plan, a broad series of zoning changes and incentives designed to bring new life to what has long been one of the most blighted and impoverished hamlets on the East End. At the time, hundreds of people turned out for public hearings and community