Above: Dune Road Daydream, Hampton Bays

Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 89 degrees and a northwest wind around 6 miles per hour, becoming west in the afternoon. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with a low around 71. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 84. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high near 86.

• Long Island is ultra-crowded this summer as city residents escape the heat and the pandemic in New York, but this weekend’s heat added another stress to the island’s already stressed infrastructure — water use set an all-time record in the early hours of Monday morning, stressing the water system’s availability for first responders. Here’s our full story.

• Southampton Town hosts the first of several virtual forums on affordable housing this evening at 7 p.m. Tonight’s forum focuses on the community of North Sea, followed by Noyac on Thursday, July 23 and other communities in upcoming weeks. Here are more details.

• Suffolk County reported just 30 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Monday, a new low since the pandemic began. The county also reported a decrease of 11 patients hospitalized (the new total is 47), with an increase of 1 patient in ICU (total of 15). There were no new fatalities reported, and the county’s death toll stands at 1,994 people.

• Racial Justice East End, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, Canio’s Cultural Cafe, and Eastville Community Historical Society are launching their “Confronting Racism Film Series” this evening with films are from the World-Trust Educational organization, dedicated to social justice & equity movement building. The first film, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” will be screened live on Zoom this evening at 7 p.m. Here’s the registration link.

• The East Hampton Town Board has a busy work session scheduled for this morning at 11 a.m., including an update on emergency communications, on the town’s proposed Stony Brook Southampton Hospital satellite emergency room, on the Suffolk County aquaculture program and on a proposed community housing overlay district on Three Mile Harbor Road. The agenda and livestream of the meeting will be online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board and Riverhead Community Development Agency meet this afternoon at 2 p.m. On the agenda are public hearings on the town’s proposed purchase of three properties on East Main Street to build a town square. The agendas are online here and the meeting will be streamed live here.

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

July 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:09 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Greenport: 11:46 a.m., 11:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:07 a.m., 12:44 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:41 a.m., 11:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:35 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:42 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:53 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:26 a.m., 8:32 p.m.

July 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:55 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:03 a.m., 11:16 p.m.
Greenport: 12:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:53 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:20 a.m., 1:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:27 a.m., 2:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:03 a.m., 11:10 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:12 a.m., 9:19 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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