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Nothing less than “an incredible impact” on iconic oceanfront residences is at stake in a hearing before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, board members were told as they considered an application for a third time on Friday. But a largely skeptical board called that characterization extreme, and with an environmental report from a consultant to the village still pending, the application will be considered for a fourth time next month.
Over some objection during last Thursday’s public hearing, and one nay vote among five, the East Hampton Town Board amended the town code to change the permitting scheme for driving on beaches. A related change to parking at beaches was unanimously approved.
The 2019 slates announced by East Hampton Town’s political parties in recent weeks have set up a three-way race for supervisor in November and blurred political affiliations as minority parties strive to overcome a sizable Democratic majority in both town government and voter registration.
A plan to relocate East Hampton Town’s shellfish hatchery that envisions a combined educational center and exemplar of environmentalism and sustainability was unveiled at Town Hall on Tuesday, as a proposal to consolidate the hatchery and nursery at one site moved closer to fruition.
Though passengers have been few in the first days of the South Fork Commuter Connection, the coordinated rail and bus system designed to alleviate traffic congestion, East Hampton and Southampton Town officials expect more passengers as the weather warms and traffic worsens.
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a controversial construction project in Montauk’s Hither Hills neighborhood when it meets on March 19 and 26, one that its critics say will set a dangerous precedent if completed according to plans.