Good Morning!

• We’re expecting periods of rain today, with a high temperature near 50 degrees and a calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. Rain will continue overnight, with a low around 37 degrees and a northwest wind 11 to 18 miles per hour. Skies will clear on Friday, with a high near 52 and a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7 a.m. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 54.

• The Southold Town Board unanimously approved both a 12-month extension on its Battery Energy Storage System moratorium and ending the buy-out provision allowing developers of large standard subdivisions to pay into a fund rather than provide 20 percent affordable housing on site at its March 26 meeting. We’ll have more details later today.

• The Greenport Village Board continues public hearings on noise and lowering speed limits throughout the village at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening. The agenda will be posted here and the live meeting broadcast will be posted here.

• On Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m, Dr. Christopher Gobler from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University will present his annual lecture “State of the Bays, 2024” in the Duke Lecture Hall inside Chancellor’s Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Student project presentations will be held before and after Dr. Gobler’s talk from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Dr. Gobler will highlight the record number of harmful algal bloom-related shellfish bed closures on Long Island in 2023, as well as emerging algal contaminants, in addition to the effect of warming water temperatures on algal blooms and the role of heavy precipitation in the emergence of flesh eating bacteria. He also promises good news in Stony Brook’s efforts to find solutions to these problems.

• Habitat for Humanity is now collecting reusable household items on Wednesdays at the North Sea Transfer Station and at the Hampton Bays Transfer Station on Fridays. Residents can drop off can drop off new or slightly used furniture, appliances, kitchen cabinets and building materials that will then be resold at the Habitat for Humanity of Long Island ReStore in Ronkonkoma, with proceeds supporting affordable housing projects.

• Southold Town’s Spring Cleanup begins next Monday, April 1 in Orient and continues westward to Laurel. The town will be accepting leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags, branches up to eight feet in length and general yard debris that is placed in the town right-of-way. No stumps, loose leaves and land clearing debris will be collected. Residents with permits can also drop off yard debris for free at the Cutchogue transfer station from April 1 through April 30.

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

March 28
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:22 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:58 a.m.
Greenport: 12:59 a.m., 1:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:54 a.m., 1:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:21 a.m., 2:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:28 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:36 a.m., 11:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:45 a.m., 10 p.m.

March 29
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:57 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:05 a.m., 12:38 p.m.
Greenport: 1:34 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:20 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:29 a.m., 2:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:56 a.m., 3:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:03 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:12 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:21 a.m., 10:36 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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