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Pros And Cons

authorStaff Writer on Apr 5, 2022
Rumor became news last week when it was announced that the Town of Southampton has made an offer to buy a commercial building at 2 Main Street in Sag Harbor,... more

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Broad Support

It’s rare to see a large group of people in Sag Harbor agree on most anything, but last Tuesday, at Southampton Town Hall, more than two dozen speakers came out to support the town’s involvement in preserving the Sag Harbor home of author John Steinbeck, where he wrote “The Winter of Our Discontent” and, a year later, won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature for his remarkable body of work. No one spoke against the purchase. The Southampton Town Board is considering using $11.2 million in Community Preservation Fund revenue to buy the development rights to the Bluff Point Lane ... 31 Jan 2023 by Editorial Board

No Small Victory

Remember the hole in the ozone layer? Some smug anti-environmentalists have been known to cite the concern in the 1980s as an example of how science creates terrifying scenarios from time to time that get lots of media attention, only to forget about them when the next big thing comes along. Whatever happened to THAT, they laugh? Well, as it turns out, the scientists had it exactly right: In the mid-1980s, they found a dangerous thinning of the layer in the stratosphere that protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, mostly caused by the use of chemicals ... 26 Jan 2023 by Editorial Board

So Many Questions

As with so much happening in Sag Harbor these days, last week’s abrupt news — that the Water Street Shops property, once envisioned as a permanent new home, wrapped in soaring architecture, for Bay Street Theater, is going back on the market — is a head-scratcher. Friends of Bay Street’s ambitious purchase appeared to back up what theater officials have maintained for years: that its current leased home on Long Wharf, where it’s been for 30 years, is simply not adequate — that an extended lease there, no matter how generous, would not solve deeper issues with fundraising for a ... 17 Jan 2023 by Editorial Board

Saving Steinbeck’s Idyll by the Sea

There are very few places in America that can boast of having been home to a Nobel Prize winner — but here on the East End, we have just such a place. Sag Harbor was where author John Steinbeck opted to live out his final years, in a little cottage with a separate writing studio, situated on a picturesque peninsula jutting out into the cove at the end of Bluff Point Road. The 1.3-acre property has a starring role in the early pages of Steinbeck’s book “Travels with Charley,” which describes how the author ventures out into the rough waters ... 10 Jan 2023 by Editorial Board

Kelp Us Kelp You

Kelp farming has exponential benefits, both environmental and economic — which is why so many heads were shaking in disbelief last month when Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed legislation that would have permitted seaweed growers to lease state-owned underwater lands. Cultivating seaweed removes carbon dioxide and excess nutrients from waters, which helps to mitigate climate change as well as nitrogen and phosphorous pollution. Farmed seaweed may be sold as a food product or as organic fertilizer that provides an abundant alternative to chemical fertilizers, which easily enter groundwater and surface waters. Removing nutrient pollution from bays and stopping it from entering ... by Editorial Board

Breaking the Silence

Silence is powerful. In some instances, it can be more pointed, more evocative, than the most eloquent verse, or the loudest shouts. But there’s one instance when silence is devastating for one side, necessary for the other: instances of sexual abuse of children. Breaking that silence — giving victims both the courage and the opportunity to share a dark secret they cannot help but keep — is the goal of a recent survey by the Organización Latino Americana of Eastern Long Island. OLA used the confidential bilingual survey to try to shine light into the dark corners where the region’s ... by Editorial Board

Our 2023 Wish List

The new year is typically seen as a time of renewal. A time when we, individually or collectively, take stock of where we are and look to the coming months as an opportunity to commit — or recommit — to change, to making things, or ourselves, better. While individually that often comes in the form of uninspired platitudes about losing weight, going back to the gym or quitting smoking, there is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and pledge to take action to improve our lives and our community. In the spirit of the new year, ... 4 Jan 2023 by Editorial Board

Candy Canes and Lumps of Coal

LUMP OF COAL To the Southampton Village Board, for rushing an important decision and leaving a lot of questions in the air. The hiring on Monday of Anthony Carter as the next chief of police is provisional — he still has to pass the necessary civil service exam — and his tenure won’t begin till March 2023. So why was a hush-hush special meeting required, with no advance word of what was on the agenda? Mayor Jesse Warren, who cast the lone vote against the hire, raised reasonable questions about a contract that he says he saw for the first ... 14 Dec 2022 by Editorial Board

The Right Call

Bureaucracy isn’t typically so responsive, and it usually takes a bit longer to correct a mistake. So it’s notable that the Internal Revenue Service late last week resolved, finally, an ongoing dispute that has hamstrung efforts to protect groundwater on the East End — and could turbocharge that effort moving forward. At issue were grants awarded by Suffolk County and, in the five East End towns, by town government as well to pay for advanced wastewater treatment systems for homeowners. Together, the grant programs were designed to offset most or all of the cost to homeowners of installing the new ... 6 Dec 2022 by Editorial Board

Eye of the Beholder

“Stargazer” will head into winter with a new lease on life, thanks to a six-figure reconstruction that will keep the iconic roadside sculpture by Linda Scott a bit safer from the elements. In the years since its installation along Route 111 in Eastport in 1991, it slowly deteriorated. Temporary repairs finally proved ineffective when the sculpture began to fall apart after Tropical Storm Isaias struck in 2020. But the late artist’s partner, David Morris, was able to rally resources — a $100,000 grant by the David Manes American Peace Prize Foundation, supplemented by a smaller award from the FLAG Art ... by Editorial Board