• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to study the feasibility of raising Dune Road as part of the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study. Southampton Town has been pushing for the federal government to get involved in the issue since Superstorm Sandy washed out many sections of the road between Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach, and flooding after rains has remained a serious problem there ever since, cutting off access to the Shinnecock Inlet fishing fleet and town beaches and private houses along the road. The Army Corps’ assessment of the road will be conducted as part of the storm damage reduction component of the FIMP study.
• Our new electric utility, PSEG, and the state Department of Public Service, are hosting two public meetings today on the future of energy on Long Island. The first will be held at the Riverhead County Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the second will be held at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street in East Hampton beginning at 5 p.m. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss the bulkhead at Klipp Park, affordable housing, aircraft noise and Zoning Board member training at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. At their 7:30 p.m. meeting this evening, they will hold two public hearings on amendments to their affordable housing legislation. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will hold their 6 p.m. regular meeting tonight, at which there expected to set public hearings on new restrictions on buildings of more than 5,000 square feet in the village business zoning district and on a study of commercial sprawl on County Road 39. Both hearings will be held at the board’s Sept. 23 meeting at 6 p.m. Their full agenda is online here.
• With blood supplies at a critical low right now, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is urging community groups throughout the county to consider hosting blood drives. The New York Blood Center reports that, while it is distributing more blood than last year at this time, the summer vacation months have been particularly hard on blood donations and supplies, since about 25 percent of the community’s blood supplies come from high school and college blood drives. To find out more about hosting a blood drive, visit the New York Blood Center’s website.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.