Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 86 degrees and a southwest wind 5 to 7 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 72. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 92 but heat index values as high as 101 on the East End. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 93.

• A heat advisory is in effect for Northeastern Suffolk from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, with heat index values up to 103 degrees expected. The Hamptons have the ocean breeze to thank for not being included in the advisory area.

• Southold Town is opening the Peconic Lane Community Center, at 1170 Peconic Lane in Peconic, as a cooling center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday. Anyone looking for respite from the high heat and humidity is welcome. We’ll update this post if other cooling centers open.

• The Suffolk County Legislature tabled a proposed public referendum on the Water Quality Restoration Act, which would fund sewer upgrades through an eighth of a penny sales tax if approved by voters in November, in a 10-7 vote Tuesday evening, despite protests outside of the legislature’s headquarters in Hauppauge and a petition with 1,000 signatures asking the legislature to let the public vote. We’ll have more details later today.

• East Hampton has embarked this summer on the quixotic task of updating its zoning code to face a number of modern challenges, though some worry the town is closing the barn door after the horse has already gone out to pasture. Read More.

• Southampton Town received the initial deliveries of solar panels for the North Sea Community Solar Project at 1370 Majors Path, the site of the former North Sea Landfill, this past Monday. Kearsarge Energy has agreed to a 20 year, $60,000 per year lease agreement with the town for the use of the landfill property, where it is expected to provide 4.5 megawatts of electricity and be used to provide energy bill credits for participating ratepayeres.

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

July 26
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:34 a.m., 5:10 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:42 a.m., 4:18 p.m.
Greenport: 5:11 a.m., 5:47 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:55 a.m., 6:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:06 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:33 a.m., 7:09 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:40 a.m., 7:16 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:06 a.m., 3:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:15 a.m., 1:59 p.m.

July 27
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:34 a.m., 6:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:42 a.m., 5:11 p.m.
Greenport: 6:11 a.m., 6:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:53 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:06 a.m., 6:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:33 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:40 a.m., 8:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:01 a.m., 4:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:10 a.m., 2:52 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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