• The U.S. Coast Guard and The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation teamed up Sunday afternoon to rescue a leatherback sea turtle entangled in a lobster trap about a mile off the shore of Montauk. Biologists from Riverhead quickly assembled their disentanglement gear upon receiving the call and drove out to Montauk, where they were taken to the 800-pound turtle by the Coast Guard. Once they managed to remove the lobster trap, the turtle quickly dove under the water and swam away freely. Coast Guard members named the turtle Oriskany after a U.S. aircraft carrier that was sunk in May 2006 and is now an artificial reef.
• The East Hampton Town Board has a draft amendment to their proposed beach alcohol ban on the agenda to be notice for a public hearing at this morning’s work session. The change would only prohibit alcohol on Indian Wells Beach, not Atlantic Avenue Beach, would only take place on weekends and holidays, and would limit the distance to the lifeguard stand to 1,000 feet, not 1,500 feet, during the hours that lifeguards are on duty. The board also plans to hear plans for what to do with the 19-acre former Principi Farm, purchased by the town through the Community Preservation Fund earlier this year. The property can be used for both farming and recreation purposes and there has been much public concern of late that it could be turned into a golf course. The board will also discuss its airport noise study. The full agenda for the 10 a.m. meeting is online here.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss holding a public forum on a proposed plastic bag ban and appointing members to its 375th Anniversary committee at their 9 a.m. work session today. Their evening meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board meets at 2 p.m. today. Their agenda is not online yet, but when it is, it will be here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.