Good Morning!

We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 41 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30, with a west wind 5 to 10 miles per hour, becoming south in the afternoon. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a steady temperature around 36 degrees. We’re expecting rain on Saturday and into Saturday night, with a high near 49. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

New contracts for the offshore wind farms Sunrise Wind and Empire Wind I have been accepted by the New York Energy Research & Development Agency, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday. The new contracts replace contracts cancelled by the wind farms last year amidst rising construction costs. We’ll have more details later this morning.

Zoning impacts everyone who owns, users or interacts with real property — which is everyone who lives in, works in or visits a place. Now is the time for the public to weigh in planning for the future of land use on the North Fork. Read our March editorial, and find out how to get involved in upcoming forums on zoning, including two this weekend — in East Marion on Saturday and Orient on Sunday.

Boots on the Ground Theater Company presents A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, with Bonnie Grice and Matthew O’Connor. March 1 through 3 at the Southampton Cultural Center — these performances are rescheduled from mid-February. Here’s More Info.

• The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter is hosting its first beach cleanup of 2024 at 67 Steps in Greenport this Sunday, March 3 from Noon to 2 p.m. – this is the rain date for the event, originally scheduled for Saturday. Find Out More.

The Southold American Legion Auxiliary invites the public to get their groove on at its Come Out and Dance Party on Saturday, March 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Legion Hall in Southold. Find Out More.

• The Montauk Library will screen “Return to Sender: Women of Color in Colonial Postcards & the Politics of Representation,” a short experimental film that pushes the documentary medium in unexpected ways by introducing three South Asian American women who recreate images of women who appeared in old British colonial postcards, on Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Here’s More Info.

• Get the details on this weekend’s community events in The Beacon’s Events Calendar.

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

March 1
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:15 a.m., 1:38 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:23 a.m., 12:46 p.m.
Greenport: 1:52 a.m., 2:15 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:32 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:47 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:14 a.m., 3:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:21 a.m., 3:44 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:08 a.m., 12:21 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:30 a.m., 10:58 p.m.

March 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:57 a.m., 2:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:05 a.m., 1:37 p.m.
Greenport: 2:34 a.m., 3:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:17 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:29 a.m., 3:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:56 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:03 a.m., 4:35 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:49 a.m., 1:10 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:19 a.m., 11:47 p.m.

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

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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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