Pictured Above: In Meetinghouse Creek, Aquebogue.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting isolated showers this afternoon, with sunny skies and a high temperature near 57. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 40. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 56, and Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57 and a 30 percent chance of showers before 8 a.m.

• As Riverhead’s new consultants begin work on an update of the town’s Comprehensive Plan, many of the more than 120 residents who showed up for a public input session at The Suffolk Theater April 22 were skeptical of the town’s approach to the planning process, in the midst of unprecedented development pressures. Read More.

• On April 20, the DEC expanded its temporary ban on shellfish and gastropod harvesting due to a marine biotoxin from western Shinnecock Bay and two creeks in Riverhead Town to all of Flanders Bay and Reeves Bay, and to Jockey Creek and Town Creek in Southold Town. Here’s more info.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss the first draft of the town’s housing plan and grant opportunities for implementation of its Comprehensive Plan, along with the Supreme Court declining to hear a lawsuit on dredging Long Island Sound and Narcan stations throughout town at its 9 a.m. work session this morning. There are two public hearings scheduled for the board’s 4:30 meeting, on the creation of the town’s Housing Fund and changes to the town code regarding boats, docks and wharfs. Here’s the agenda for both meetings, here’s the Zoom login for the morning work session, and here’s the Zoom login for the afternoon meeting.

Strongs Marine will hold an open house and Q&A session for the community with its staff and consultants on a proposed boat storage building project on Mattituck Inlet at the Mattituck-Laurel Library this afternoon and evening from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Community members can drop in at any time, and those unable to attend in person can receive a Zoom link by emailing nicole@strongsmarine.com.

• The Southampton Town Board will hold public hearings regarding its property tax exemption for first responders, enhanced enforcement of Dark Skies laws, and installing a groundwater monitoring well on Beach Road in Hampton Bays, as well as several parking issues, at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel.

• The Suffolk at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead  hosts a free Active Shooter Response Training Seminar for the general public this evening at 7 p.m. This seminar will provide participants with the knowledge, techniques, and skills that will best equip them to survive an active shooter incident. Here’s more info.

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

April 25
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:09 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:17 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Greenport: 2:46 a.m., 3:21 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:30 a.m., 4:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:41 a.m., 3:16 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:08 a.m., 4:43 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:15 a.m., 4:50 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:10 a.m., 1:58 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:07 p.m.

April 26
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:05 a.m., 3:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:13 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
Greenport: 3:42 a.m., 4:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:22 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:37 a.m., 4:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:04 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:11 a.m., 5:49 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:01 a.m., 2:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:10 a.m., 12:59 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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