Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 44 degrees and a calm wind becoming southeast around 5 miles per hour in the afternoon. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 28. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 48, and we’re expecting mostly cloudy skies on Saturday, with a high near 51 and a 30 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m.

• 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. Read More.

Former Democratic Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker announced Feb. 5 that she will be running for the First District State Senate seat held for the past four years by Anthony Palumbo, on the heels of Mr. Palumbo announcing his bid for re-election on Jan. 31. Read More.

• The Southampton Town Board will meet in its capacity as the Hampton Bays Water District Commissioners at 10:30 a.m. today, followed by an 11:30 a.m. work session at which they’re slated to discuss the BESS moratorium (see above) and the draft agenda for the Feb. 13 Town Board meeting. Here’s the agenda, and the meetings can be viewed live on Sea-TV.

• The Riverhead Town Board discusses regulation of online retail sales of lithium-ion batteries, new stormwater permit requirements, progress on the town’s Comprehensive Plan, the BID’s 2024 event schedule and possible sponsorship program for a brochure about the town’s ballfields at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

Peconic Landing hosts a free community screening of the famed 1992 concert “Wynton Marsalis Septet in Munich” this afternoon at 3 p.m. in the community center auditorium. All are welcome. Here’s More Info.

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

February 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:12 a.m., 8:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:20 a.m., 7:43 p.m.
Greenport: 8:49 a.m., 9:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:42 a.m., 10:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:44 a.m., 9:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:11 a.m., 10:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:18 a.m., 10:41 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:22 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:31 a.m., 5:59 p.m.

February 9
Plum Gut Harbor: 9 a.m., 9:23 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:08 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
Greenport: 9:27 a.m., 10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:33 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:32 a.m., 9:55 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:59 a.m., 11:22 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:06 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:13 a.m., 8:40 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:22 a.m., 6:49 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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