• East Hampton Town has been awarded a $9.9 million federal grant to purchase 16 coastal properties in the Napeague-Lazy Point area of Amagansett, all of which are prone to severe flooding and long-term erosion and have in the past required emergency evacuations. The funding comes from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA, and the town, with the support of The Nature Conservancy, plans to turn these parcels into protective buffers against future storms. The properties, on Mulford Lane and Bay View Avenue, include both vacant and developed land whose owners expressed interest in the program. Houses on the plots will be cleared to make way for floodplain restoration efforts.
• Tonight is East Hampton’s mega-meeting on helicopter noise at LTV Studios at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott, which, incidentally, is just south of the town’s airport. East Hampton is inviting residents throughout the East End to come share their views on helicopter traffic en route to the East Hampton airport. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele reported Monday that the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund took in $55.7 million on the East End in the first seven months of 2014, up from $52.67 million in the first seven months of last year, up 5.8 percent. Revenue so far this year is up 42.3 percent in Riverhead to $1.95 million, up 20.2 percent in Southold to $2.68 million, up 4.9 percent in Southampton to $32.37 million, up 3.4 percent in East Hampton to $17.45 million and down 8.8 percent on Shelter Island to $1.24 million.
• Gwynn Schroeder of Cutchogue, who is currently serving as County Legislator Al Krupski’s legislative aide, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Suffolk County Youth Board Coordinating Council. The Youth Bureau staff conducts monitoring and evaluation of youth programs, research and planning, information and referral, and training and technical assistance for community based youth organizations. More than 180 youth programs are funded through the Bureau’s regular budget stream, and more than 200 programs are funded on a contingency basis.
• Southold Town and the Long Island Farm Bureau are holding a press conference this morning to discuss the results of last winter’s hotly debated USDA sharpshooter program used by the Farm Bureau and Southold to cull the East End’s deer herd. Southold was the only East End town to participate in the cull, which was opposed most vociferously by folks in East Hampton Town.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.