This Morning’s Bulletin — 6.16.15

Robert James Doyle
In Southold Town’s conference room, Robert James Doyle’s dockside dreams.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting a slight chance of showers this afternoon, increasing to a 40 percent chance after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Otherwise, it will be cloudy, with a high near 77 degrees and light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 8 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with a low around 64 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers Thursday, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 degrees. Friday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Another smaller menhaden kill occurred in the Peconic River over this weekend.  |  LICCRA graphic
Another smaller menhaden kill occurred in the Peconic River over this weekend. | LICCRA graphic

• Another fish kill was reported over this past weekend at the mouth of the Peconic Estuary, after a severe die-off of menhaden (a.k.a. bunker) there at the end of May. The Long Island Coastal Conservation Research Alliance reported Monday that low nighttime oxygen levels due to blooming algae again killed a large number of fish over the June 13-14 weekend. 

• Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for Riverside Rediscoverd, is hosting a conversation this Saturday evening with artist Barnaby Evans, the creator of WaterFire, an international arts happening that he hopes to bring to the Peconic River. The discussion will be held at Stony Brook Southampton this Saturday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Chancellor’s Hall. RSVP by email to jfitzgerald@southamptontownny.gov or by calling 631.283.6055.

• The Suffolk County Health Department has issued a temporary advisory against swimming at 64 beaches throughout the county due to yesterday’s rain, but, luckily for East Enders, only one of those beaches is on the East End, at Haven’s Beach in Sag Harbor. The affected beaches are in areas that experience heavy rainwater runoff that could wash bacteria into the bays. This advisory will be lifted Wednesday morning, unless beach water samples reveal elevated levels of bacteria persisting beyond the 24-hour period. A map of the affected beaches is online here.

• Sag Harbor Village residents will go to the polls today to chose a new mayor and a new village justice. Six-year veteran mayor Brian Gilbride, who has served on the village board for more than 20 years, is stepping down. Longtime Village Clerk and current Trustee Sandra Schroeder and Trustee Robby Stein are vying for his seat. Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni is also stepping down. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana and attorneys Stephen Grossman and Michael Bromberg are running for her village justice post. Voting will be held at Sag Harbor’s Brick Kiln Road firehouse from noon to 9 p.m.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss a change of zone application for a development proposed for the Main Road in Mattituck, the creation of a tick committee, an overflow parking request from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company for a beer, barbecue and blues event and a local law regarding aquaculture at their 9:30 a.m. work session today. This meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30 instead of 9 a.m. because the board will hold a 9 a.m. executive session to discuss PBA negotiations. Their evening meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will hold three public hearings at their 7 p.m. meeting tonight. The first would allow for a code change that would add microbreweries as special permit uses in downtown zoning districts. The second adds alcohol-related definitions to the general provisions of the code as a housekeeping measure to support the code change. The third hearing is on a code change that would require a $500 application fee for houseboats. The initial fee would be $500 and annual renewals would cost $50 per year.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss licensing review board code change recommendations and bids at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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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