• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 80 degrees and a west wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 63. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 77. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 78.
• Hundreds of protesters filled Jean Cochran Park in Peconic on Wednesday afternoon for a rally, followed by a march to Southold Town Police Headquarters, and, just a few hours later, hundreds more packed Third Street in Greenport for a rousing vigil to honor George Floyd and the many other people of color who have been the victims of police brutality. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic, which for Long Island will likely be on June 11, which is next Thursday.
• At 10 a.m. today, there will be a peaceful protest in honor of George Floyd at Southampton’s Agawam Park “featuring local leaders and voices of hope,” according to the announcement. Attendees are asked to wear masks and bring lawn chairs.
• A Black Lives Matter protest is also being organized meeting at the war memorial at Agawam Park in Southampton at 6 p.m. today. Attendees are being asked to wear dark or solid colors, or black hoodies to show solidarity, wear masks and be peaceful.
• A youth protest march is being planned for Sag Harbor at noon on Friday, June 5 from noon to 3 p.m. The protest is “a march against police injustice and systemic injustice” in support of Black Lives Matter, according to the organizers, who say that “all are welcome. Please be peaceful. Wear a mask.” Participants will meet at the John Steinbeck Memorial Park at the foot of the bridge.
• Suffolk County’s Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to decline, but the county is just getting a full glimpse of the toll the pandemic is taking on its budget. A committee organized to document the county’s financial shortfalls reported Tuesday that the county will face between a $1.1 billion and a $1.5 billion shortfall over the next two years, which, in the best case scenario, would give them an $829 million shortfall in the 2021 budget, which must be finalized in three months. “This is not a financial crisis. It’s a financial emergency,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Wednesday.
• Suffolk saw 82 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, with 236 people hospitalized, a decrease of 11 and 61 people in ICU, a decrease of six. The county’s overall hospital capacity is at 39 percent, and the county’s ICU capacity is at 48 percent. In all, 11 people were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours and six people had died, bringing the death toll to 1,915.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:16 a.m., 8:38 p.m.
Greenport: 9:45 a.m., 10:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:49 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:40 a.m., 10:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:07 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:14 a.m., 11:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:23 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:32 a.m., 7 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:59 a.m., 10:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:07 a.m., 9:27 p.m.
Greenport: 10:36 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:41 a.m., 11:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:31 a.m., 10:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:58 a.m.
South Jamesport: 12:05 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:16 a.m., 9:40 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:25 a.m., 7:49 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.