Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy frost before 8 a.m. today, but otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 60 degrees and a northwest wind 8 to 11 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 40. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and a 20 percent chance of light afternoon rain. We’re expecting wind and showers on Thursday, with a high near 57.

• Southold Town announced April 27 that, effective immediately, swimming will be prohibited at town beaches until further notice. Southold also announced that congregating on beaches is prohibited and that parking at town beaches and road ends will be limited to vehicles with town resident parking permits only. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Property owners on the East End may get more time to pay their taxes, which are due at the end of May. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been working with the federal government to make this possible.

“Today, our pleas were heard by Washington when the Federal Reserve announced it would allow Suffolk County to obtain short-term borrowing in the midst of this economic crisis,” said Mr. Bellone April 27. “I want to thank U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Lee Zeldin for working to make this happen, and I look forward to continue working together to deliver for Suffolk taxpayers during this unprecedented time.” We’ll have more details as they become available.

• In light of a domestic violence situation in Kings Park that led one man to barricade himself in an elderly neighbor’s house as police arrived Sunday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged victims of domestic violence who aren’t able to make a phone call to send a text message to 844.997.2121 if they need help. Domestic violence incidents in the county have gone up 3.5 percent since the pandemic lockdown began, he added. The Retreat in East Hampton also has a domestic violence hotline at 631.329.2200. Victims are urged to call 911 if they are in immediate danger.

• The field hospital built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stony Brook University will likely remain in place in the event of a second Covid-19 wave in the fall, which could be made worse by the onset of flu season, said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.

• Mr. Bellone reported Monday that 464 more people in Suffolk tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the prior 24 hours, with total hospitalized patients decreasing by 37, to 1,097. Of those patients, 408 are in ICU, down 35. He reported that 69 people were discharged from Suffolk hospitals in the past 24 hours, and there have been 32 more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 1,102.

• There are currently 599 cases of Covid-19 in Southampton Town, 408 in Riverhead Town, 311 in Southold, 167 in East Hampton and seven on Shelter Island, according to Suffolk County. By comparison, the hardest hit town, Islip, has 9,684 cases, while Brookhaven has 6,909.

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

April 28
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:50 a.m., 2:40 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:58 a.m., 1:48 p.m.
Greenport: 2:27 a.m., 3:17 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:17 a.m., 4:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:22 a.m., 3:12 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:49 a.m., 4:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:56 a.m., 4:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:37 a.m., 1:36 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:45 a.m., 11:40 p.m.

April 29
Plum Gut Harbor:2:40 a.m., 3:34 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:48 a.m., 2:42 p.m.
Greenport: 3:17 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:08 a.m., 4:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:12 a.m., 4:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:39 a.m., 5:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:46 a.m., 5:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:31 a.m., 2:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:40 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

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