• We’re expecting a 40 percent chance of drizzle or light rain today, mainly before noon, along with patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 and a northeast wind 10 to 14 miles per hour. We’re expecting patchy fog after 1 a.m. tonight, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 57 and a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 56 and a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers.
• The North Fork’s hold-out on an East End single-use plastic bag ban may soon be a moot point. Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer of Centerport has introduced legislation that would ban plastic bags at a county level. A public hearing on the proposed legislation will be held next Tuesday, March 22 at the Suffolk County Legislature’s headquarters. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board has a packed work session planned for this morning. On the agenda are a kickoff presentation on the town’s hamlet study project, an East Hampton High School substance abuse forum, a draft of a proposed septic upgrade requirement and information on the Hither Woods cooperative agreement. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at town hall, and the agenda is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board has pushed forward its scheduled 7 p.m. meeting tonight to 6:30 p.m. The board will hold public hearings on a proposed “Community Benefit Zoning Use District” to allow clustered multi-family rental developments, on abolishing the Board of Police Commissioners, on changes to town dock regulations, and on changes to recreation permit regulations.
• The Shelter Island Town Board will discuss St. Gabriel’s Chapel, a Shelter Island Historical Society update, possible DEC assistance for a screening plant and an upcoming public hearing on craft breweries at their 1 p.m. work session this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.
• The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is inviting the community to an open “Conversation With the Two Town Supervisors” with East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman tonight, March 15, 7 p.m. at Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library. More information is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board has also announced they will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at the Montauk Firehouse to discuss Lake Montauk Harbor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will present a Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study for Lake Montauk Harbor, which investigates potential coastal storm risk management solutions for the harbor and future inlet dredging plans. The public is invited to attend this presentation.
• The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association has spent the past year gathering ideas from the community about how to make the intersection of Route 25, Love Lane and Old Sound Avenue safer for traffic, pedestrians and the community. They’ll be discussing their findings this Saturday. More information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.