Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high temperature near 64 degrees and a northeast wind 6 to 13 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 48. Tuesday will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 60. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 59.

• New York State and Suffolk County announced last Friday that they will be opening state and county ocean beaches, with restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, for Memorial Day Weekend. We’re expecting an announcement today from town supervisors throughout Nassau and Suffolk on how town and village beaches on the East End will open. Stay tuned.

• As of May 16, Suffolk County has met the requirements and can now resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. More information on what local hospitals are doing to return to normal after the surge of Covid patients is online here.

• An additional 175 people in Suffolk County tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, reported Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Sunday. The county saw a decline of 26 hospitalizations, with 513 people hospitalized as of Saturday, 186 of whom were in ICU, an increase of 10 ICU patients. The county had 30 percent of overall hospital capacity available, with 33 percent of ICU beds available, meeting those metrics for reopening the county’s economy. As of Monday morning, the county was meeting five of the seven metrics to enable it to reopen its economy.

• The North Fork Environmental Council is holding its annual Organic Lawn and Landscaping Workshop virtually this Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. More details are online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

May 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:54 a.m., 8:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:02 a.m., 7:23 p.m.
Greenport: 8:31 a.m., 8:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:21 a.m., 9:39 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:26 a.m., 8:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:53 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10 a.m., 10:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:48 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:57 a.m., 5:28 p.m.

May 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:36 a.m., 8:54 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:44 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Greenport: 9:13 a.m., 9:31 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:07 a.m., 10:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:26 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:35 a.m., 10:53 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:42 a.m., 11 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:36 a.m., 8:01 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:45 a.m., 6:10 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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