Good Morning, and happy Earth Day!
• We’re expecting scattered showers early today, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m., with a high near 63 degrees. and gusty winds increasing to 13 to 18 miles per hour. Tonight, we’re expecting showers before 7 p.m., then mostly cloudy with a low around 41 degrees. Thursday, we’re expecting increasing clouds, with a high near 52 degrees and a west wind 14 to 20 miles per hour. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and a west wind 13 to 16 miles per hour.
• Flanders residents are petitioning the county and state to clear the dead trees from fire lanes in government-owned land in the pine barrens — a dangerous condition highlighted by the difficulties fire departments faced clearing obstacles during a brush fire last weekend. More information is online here.
• A group called the Friends of the East Hampton Airport filed a federal lawsuit yesterday over East Hampton Town’s adoption last week of three new noise restrictions that will limit traffic at the airport, saying local municipalities don’t have the authority to interfere with air traffic. The town, in a statement Tuesday afternoon, says the lawsuit was expected and “is entirely predictable and contains no surprises.” The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• If Southold doesn’t agree to allow PSEG-Long Island to install penta-treated utility poles, the town may miss out on critical infrastructure upgrades to prepare for future storms, says Town Supervisor Scott Russell. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southold Town Board set a public hearing last night for a new short-term rental law that will prohibit residents from renting out their homes for fewer than seven nights. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Developer Paul Pawlowski will discuss and answer questions about his proposal to develop 20 acres on Main Road, across from the Old Capital One Building, at the next Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association meeting April 29 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Mattituck Firehouse. More information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.