• A series of campsites that have been unavailable for use at Shinnecock East County Park on the Shinnecock Canal have reopened this morning, and are once again available for booking through the county reservation system. Campsites 16 to 35 have been closed so far this season due to erosion last winter.
• If you were thinking of turning your house in East Hampton into cash cow by renting it out short-term to partiers next year, you might want to think again. The town is currently drafting new regulations to prevent “excessive turnover,” which has become increasingly problematic in recent years due in part to international websites that help people rent out their homes. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• We recently had the chance to tag along and document Benjamin Franklin’s Mile Markers up and down the North Fork with a member of the town’s 375th Anniversary committee. Ben Franklin and a crew installed the markers in 1755 when he was working for the British government as the colonial postmaster, in order to set postal rates, which were based on the distance the letters traveled. Our full story, with photos documenting the trip, is online here.
• The North Fork Animal Welfare League is hosting a massive yard sale next Saturday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their Southold animal shelter behind the highway yard on Peconic Lane. Their huge inventory includes plenty of furniture, household items, collectables, artwork, appliances, pottery, glassware, rugs, tools and jewelry.