I am a concerned full-time resident of Bridgehampton, and I must implore that more limits or a ban be placed on gas-powered leaf blowers.
Especially in these difficult times, when we’re working from home and grappling with images of violence, we need a place of retreat. We need the peace and quiet of our beautiful towns. We must attend to our mental and physical health.
We can smell the gas. We breathe its fumes.
Four or five leaf blowers at once nearly every day blow for hours on end, including weekends, sometimes as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. The noise is excruciating, ruining sleep, work and lives. Usually, the gardening is being done on empty homes, with total disregard for year-rounders. This has been getting worse each year. Landscapers are completely unresponsive.
According to The Atlantic, green technology is readily available and just as effective. So are rakes. Companies should be implored to convert to green now — for the benefit of our Earth and our health.
East Hampton and Southampton villages have already taken steps in this regard. Many cities around the United States have as well.
The rest of Southampton continues to suffer. Why?
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