Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 47 degrees and a northwest wind 10 to 18 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 30. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 52, and we’re expecting increasing clouds on Thursday, with showers likely after 1 p.m. and a high near 53 degrees.

• The South Fork Natural History Museum is partnering with the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery and the South Fork Sea Farmers for a special Valentine’s Day live stream presentation of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery’s first oyster spawn of the 2023 season this morning at 11 a.m. Here’s the link.

• If oyster spawning isn’t romantic enough for you, today is also National Donor Day and elected leaders are urging people to become lifesavers by electing to become organ donors through enrollment in the program through New York State.

• The Southold Town Board is slated to discuss special events on agricultural property, amendments to the town’s accessory apartment code that could be put up for a March 14 public hearing and membership in a Battery Energy Storage System Task Force at its 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board has several public hearings scheduled for its 7 p.m. regular meeting. Hearings will also be held on land preservation proposals and increasing senior citizen and disabled persons’ property tax exemptions. Here’s the agenda for both meetings. Here’s the Zoom login for the morning work session, and here’s the login for the evening meeting.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss a “No Fling Spring” anti-litter campaign, the draft 20223 Capital Budget and CPF Management and Stewardship Plan, a draft law to protect the critical root zone of trees during construction and an update on the town lifeguard shortage at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

• The Southampton Town Board is slated to continue its public hearing on the preservation of the John Steinbeck home in Sag Harbor at its 1 p.m. meeting this afternoon, and may consider voting on the measure, after the town and the non-profits managing the property agreed on public access to the site. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel.

• The Shelter Island Town Board will discuss its Community Housing Board at its 1 p.m. work session this afternoon. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

February 14
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:48 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:56 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Greenport: 4:25 a.m., 4:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:06 a.m., 5:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:20 a.m., 4:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:47 a.m., 6:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:54 a.m., 6:28 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:38 a.m., 3:04 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:47 a.m., 1:13 p.m.

February 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:56 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:04 a.m., 4:38 p.m.
Greenport: 5:33 a.m., 6:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:11 a.m., 6:58 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:28 a.m., 6:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:55 a.m., 7:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:02 a.m., 7:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:43 a.m., 4:16 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:52 a.m., 2:25 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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