Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 9 a.m. today, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high temperature near 88 degrees and a calm wind, becoming west around 6 miles per hour in the afternoon. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 69. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 88 and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 82 and a 30 percent chance of showers before 9 a.m.

• This September is a long-awaited moment in the history of the East Hampton Airport, with the expiration of assurances East Hampton Town made decades ago, as a condition of taking grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, to keep the airport open to a wide variety of aircraft. As this date looms, the East Hampton Town Board is ramping up meetings with the community to discuss “revisioning” the future of the airport, known by the airport code KHTO, taking into account a long history of complaints about helicopter noise, along with the interests of the users of the airport. Read more.

• The Peconic Bay Scallop, whose adult population has been wiped out in East End waters each of the past two seasons, is getting a boost this year from Southampton Town, which in mid-July began to establish a bay scallop nursery at its Tiana Bayside community aquaculture facility on Dune Road in Hampton Bays. Read more in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub.

• Covid cases are still climbing here. Suffolk County reported 159 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, July 24, with 2.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 36 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with nine of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 3,409 people. As of Sunday, July 25, 61.7 percent of the total population of Suffolk had received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, with 56.5 percent of residents having completed their vaccine series. Of those ages 18 and up, 74.5 percent of Suffolk residents have received at least one shot.

• The Big Duck in Flanders is celebrating its 90th birthday next Saturday, July 31, with family friendly activities, games, music, guest speakers and raffles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s more info.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

July 26
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:16 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:24 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Greenport: 12:24 a.m., 12:53 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:22 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:19 a.m., 12:48 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:46 a.m., 2:15 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:53 a.m., 2:22 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:36 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:45 a.m., 10:01 p.m.

July 27
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:36 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:16 p.m.
Greenport: 1:13 a.m., 1:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:11 a.m., 2:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:08 a.m., 1:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:35 a.m., 3:07 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:42 a.m., 3:14 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:27 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:36 a.m., 10:50 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

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