This Morning’s Bulletin — 7.14.20

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 85 degrees and a west wind 6 to 11 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 64. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78 and Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

• Suffolk County reported 84 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending July 13, an uptick from the recent trend of around 50 cases per day, but no new fatalities were reported in the county. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged residents who attended any gathering over the Fourth of July holiday to take note if they have any Covid symptoms, get tested for the disease, isolate themselves and, if they test positive, report their contact history to contact tracers who call them. As of Monday afternoon, 41 patients were hospitalized in the county with Covid-19 (up one) and 14 patients were in ICU, a number unchanged from the previous day. In all, 1,993 Suffolk residents have now died from the virus.

• After three bars in Montauk were citied for violating Covid-19 public health restrictions over the July 4 weekend, East Hampton Town reported that this past weekend the businesses visited by both town and State Liquor Authority enforcement were in compliance, including Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café, Nick’s on the Beach and Ruschmeyer’s, although Ruschmeyer’s was cited for playing amplified music after 9 p.m. and the use of “sparkler-style devices” this past weekend. “I am pleased to see businesses open and serving patrons while maintaining the safety protocols that are so important to prevent further spread of COVID-19,” said Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “Continued cooperation by all of our business owners will not only protect public health but will help us avoid further business shutdowns, and allow our economy to remain open.”

• Due to increased water demand, customers of the Hampton Bays Water District are being asked to participate in the odd/even number lawn watering protocol as of Monday. The measures are being taken as the HBWD enters its peak season. Automated residential irrigation systems should be set to the odd/even days to help conserve usage.  If your street address is an even number, you are requested to water on an even numbered calendar day.  The reverse for odd numbered street addresses applies.  

• The Southold Town Board will discuss its comprehensive plan update, allocations for Covid-19 Community Development Block Grants, suggested police commissioner meetings and an update on the town’s social media policy at its 9 a.m. work session this morning, followed by a 1 p.m. regular meeting at which the board is currently slated to hold a public hearing on an extension of the Mattituck building moratorium in the vicinity of Love Lane. The public will not be permitted at either meeting doe to ongoing public gathering restrictions, but the agenda for both meetings is online here and they will be broadcast live here.

• The East Hampton Town Board is slated to discuss the town’s Covid-19 response, airport traffic and a study of bats at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. The public will not be permitted to attend but the meeting will be broadcast here.

• The Southampton Town Board has a public hearing on the repeal of a planned development district in Hampton Bays on the agenda for its 1 p.m. meeting this afternoon. Here’s the agenda.

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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