Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers before 7 a.m. today, with skies gradually becoming sunny and the temperature rising to near 38 degrees by 11 a.m., then falling to around 33 for the remainder of the day, with wind chill values between 25 and 30 and a northwest wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 17. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 34 and Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

• The largest privately owned unprotected property on the Peconic Estuary, a 100-acre former duck farm in Aquebogue, was recently purchased by the Peconic Land Trust, preventing the property from becoming a resort hotel. Read More.

Suffolk County reported 104 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, March 1, with 1.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 113 people hospitalized with the virus, with 19 of them in ICU. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,341 people since March of 2020.

• The Riverhead Town Board is slated to discuss a site plan application for Manufacturer’s Outlet Center, between Tanger I and Tanger II; a bio-solids reuse plan for the town’s sewer district and proposed changes to the town code regarding Rental Dwelling Units at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on an affordable housing overlay district and site considerations for a proposed housing complex on Route 114 just outside of Sag Harbor, on changes to the town’s special events code and adding parking restrictions for certain hours on North Main Street at their 2 p.m. meeting this afternoon. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel, where a call-in number will be displayed for public hearings.

• The Westhampton Beach High School at 49 Lilac Road in Westhampton Beach will hold a New York Blood Center blood drive tomorrow, March 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

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

March 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:03 a.m., 10:24 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:11 a.m., 9:32 p.m.
Greenport: 10:40 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:42 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:35 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:20 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:29 a.m., 7:54 p.m.

March 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:49 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:57 a.m., 10:19 p.m.
Greenport: 11:26 a.m., 11:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:04 a.m., 12:27 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:21 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:23 a.m., 12:48 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:30 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:04 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:13 a.m., 8:38 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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