Shinnecock Canal
Shinnecock Canal

The Southampton and Hampton Bays rotary clubs have launched a campaign to install lifesaving stations along the Shinnecock Canal.

Drownings have occurred in the canal and there is currently no way to reach anyone stranded in these fast-moving waters.

The safety stations will be strategically places on the east and west sides of the canal, with a life preserver and alarm at each of the 20 stations, which will be installed approximately 200 feet apart along the canal.

Both clubs are actively working to raise $5,000 for the project.

The Hampton Bays Rotary is hosting a Hands Across The Water fundraiser to support this cause and other Rotary programs on Sept. 22, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oaklands on Dune Road in Hampton Bays, right by the Shinnecock Inlet. The event will include an open bar, appetizers and raffle prices and costs $45 per person. Sponsors are welcome.

Reservation forms are online here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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