Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies today, with a 20 percent chance of showers or sprinkles before 2 p.m. and a south wind 5 to 15 miles per hour, becoming northwest in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 35. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 53 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 55.

• Governor Kathy Hochul, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark South Fork Wind project on Thursday, with all 12 offshore wind turbines constructed and the wind farm successfully delivering power to Long Island and the Rockaways. This milestone project is now America’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm. Read More.

• “The natural world and our participation within it are complex, interconnected , and, I will say, radiant,” writes Amagansett poet and farmer Scott Chaskey in his recent book, “Soil and Spirit.” “After the era of exploration, we have entered an era of restoration, of the need to know and respect indigenous and diverse life-forms, and the choice to participate, rather than to dominate, is ours to make.” Read More about this beautiful book.

• Today is the deadline to submit comments on Riverhead Town’s new Comprehensive Plan Update. Here are more details.

• New York State’s annual spring residential brush burning ban starts tomorrow and runs through May 14, during a time when the state is at heightened risk of wildfires. “Last month, DEC encouraged everyone to be extra vigilant when burning brush because of the risk for wildfires caused by early dry conditions, but starting this Saturday, March 16, it will be illegal to burn brush for the next two months,” says New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Due to the drier and warmer winter, New York State is at a greater risk for wildfires this spring. This ban is essential to protecting communities and natural resources, as well as the Rangers and other firefighters called to extinguish the wildfires.” 

• This Saturday morning, March 16 at 11 a.m., Southampton Village hosts a community discussion on Community Choice Aggregation, a program that allows municipalities to enable residents to have a choice of fossil fuel powered or competitively priced renewable energy sources. Find Out More.

There’s a lot going on on the East End this weekend, and in the weeks ahead. Get the details in our Events Calendar.

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

March 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:16 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:24 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Greenport: 2:53 a.m., 3:22 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:43 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:48 a.m., 3:17 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:15 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:22 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:10 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:10 p.m.

March 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:16 a.m., 3:48 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:24 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
Greenport: 3:53 a.m., 4:25 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:40 a.m., 5:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:48 a.m., 4:20 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:15 a.m., 5:47 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:22 a.m., 5:54 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:23 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:32 a.m., 1:08 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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