• Today will be sunny, with a high near 44 degrees and a northwest wind 7 to 12 miles per hour, increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 16. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 35 and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
• The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a 10-year extension of the Suffolk County Aquaculture Lease Program (SCALP) in Peconic and Gardiners bays on March 2, implementing a series of new restrictions and protocols but keeping in place a program that has jumpstarted the aquaculture industry on the East End over the past 10 years. Here’s our full story.
• East Hampton Town has launched a website to provide information on the availability of Covid-19 vaccines to its residents, online at www.ehtownvaccine.org.
• Riverhead Town has also launched a standby list for seniors (ages 65+) to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, in anticipation of hosting a senior vaccination site next week.
• Suffolk County reported 569 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with 4.1 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 425 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 95 of them in ICU and 24 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported seven new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,102 people.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss design guidelines for the Bridgehampton Historic District, the Fire Island to Montauk Point Army Corps of Engineers project and a potential helium balloon ban at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda and here’s where to watch it live.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss the Nextera solar farm project, the town BID’s 2021 schedule and a Hometown Hero Banner project for veterans at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda and here’s where to watch.
• The Southold Zoning Board of Appeals is expected to continue a public hearing this afternoon on whether to grant a permit for a battery energy storage facility, to provide energy during times of peak power usage, on the Main Road in Greenport. Public hearings begin at 10 a.m. but the hearing on this application is at 1:50 p.m. The Zoom link for the meeting is online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:16 a.m., 1:42 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:24 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
Greenport: 1:53 a.m., 2:19 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:46 a.m., 3:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:48 a.m., 2:14 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:15 a.m., 3:41 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:22 a.m., 3:48 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:32 a.m., 12:54 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:03 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:15 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:23 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Greenport: 2:52 a.m., 3:22 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:42 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:47 a.m., 3:17 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:14 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:21 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:28 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:02 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.