Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm today. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The high temperature will be near 52 degrees, with an east wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch are possible. We’re expecting rain and possibly a thunderstorm overnight, with a low around 42. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers before 8 a.m. Friday, with partly sunny skies and a high near 56. We’re expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 52.

• As the brouhaha in February over Governor Hochul’s proposed sweeping accessory dwelling unit legislation makes painfully clear, we still have a lot of work left to do to find the balance between safe and attainable housing, the environment, our schools and our communities. Read This Month’s Editorial.

• The Riverhead Town Board holds a special town board meeting this morning at 9:30 a.m. to approve resolutions to change the town’s approach to the sale of much of the property at EPCAL, followed by a 10 a.m. work session at which the board is slated to discuss a potential undercover investigation in private executive session. The special town board meeting is slated to be broadcast here; the work session will not be televised.

• The Southampton Town Board is slated to discuss zoning considerations for retail marijuana sales, landmarks code amendments and to hear a presentation from the town highway superintendent at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The second event of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Spring Garden Trio — the renowned Spring Gardening School — will be held virtually this Saturday. There’s still time to register — here’s more info.

Suffolk County reported 133 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, March 22, with 1.7 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 62 people hospitalized with the virus, with 12 of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 4,358 people since March of 2020.

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

March 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:02 a.m., 3:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:10 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
Greenport: 3:39 a.m., 4:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:30 a.m., 5:14 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:34 a.m., 4:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:01 a.m., 5:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:08 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:13 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:22 a.m., 12:56 p.m.

March 25
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:11 a.m., 4:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:19 a.m., 3:58 p.m.
Greenport: 4:48 a.m., 5:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:35 a.m., 6:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:43 a.m., 5:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:10 a.m., 6:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:17 a.m., 6:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:16 a.m., 3:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:25 a.m., 2:01 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

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