When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday and South Fork residents turn their attention to new beginnings, several matters of importance remain unresolved and are sure to linger in the collective conscience well into 2018 and beyond.
As the 2018 midterm elections come into view, Democrats in New York’s First Congressional District, stretching from Montauk to Brookhaven and most of Smithtown, are feeling that Representative Lee Zeldin is vulnerable, despite the Republican’s re-election in 2016 with 58 percent of the vote.
With a vote last Thursday, the East Hampton Town Board approved the $4 million purchase of an additional layer of development rights over almost 30 acres of farmland in Wainscott, allowing restrictions to be placed on the land that will permit its use solely for food crop production.
Last Wednesday afternoon was a clammer’s dream. Coming off a new moon and enforced by a cold, strong northwesterly wind, the tide that day would be extremely low. It was a classic “blowout tide” as old-timers around here would say.
The Suffolk County Legislature approved a 2018 vector control plan on Tuesday that includes use of methoprene, a mosquito larvicide, but also acknowledges a pilot program launched this year at Accabonac Harbor that is intended to reduce and possibly eliminate the pesticide’s use.
It was Montauk night at an East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Tuesday as members considered an application for cellphone antennas on the six-story fire control tower at the Montauk Lighthouse and learned that an expert has been discussing a possible sewage treatment plant at the Montauk Shores Condominium.
As 2018 approaches, so does Deepwater Wind’s plan to submit applications to more than 20 federal, state, and local permitting agencies for the South Fork Wind Farm, an installation of up to 15 turbines it plans to construct approximately 30 miles east of Montauk.