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Surfrider LI Chapter "Skip the Stuff" proposal with supporters at LTV Studios December 2023
Surfrider LI Chapter “Skip the Stuff” proposal with supporters at LTV Studios December 2023 Photo Durell Godfrey Surfrider Long Island Chapter‘s Coordinator, Jenna Schwerzmann and members came to LTV Studios to propose to the Village of East Hampton legislation to “Skip the Stuff” – single-use plastic utensils, condiments, napkins, and other items take-out restaurants or delicatessens regularly provide to customers at check-out that end up as debris in our environment. New York City has been successful with the implementation of the same program – “Ask the customers if they need these items before providing them” is key to this effort.
Trustees Jim Grimes, David Cataletto, & Susan McGraw-Keber on the boat Rhode Island Fast Ferry to view the SFW turbines
East Hampton Town Trustees Jim Grimes, David Cataletto, & Susan McGraw-Keber On December 7th the East Hampton Town Trustees Jim Grimes, David Cataletto, and Susan McGraw-Keber joined Orsted US, Eversource, PSE&G, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and a host of New York State agencies, representatives from the office of Governor Kathy Hochul and various environmental organizations and agencies on the Rhode Island Fast Ferry from Greenport to view the first operating wind turbine of the South Fork Wind project, New York’s first offshore wind farm. It was a historic trip – the media was there to cover the event, that
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The East Hampton Town Trustees finalized new dock policies this week and bid farewell to their colleague Susan McGraw Keber, who served three terms. Christopher Walsh
The East Hampton Town Trustees finalized new dock policies this week and bid farewell to their colleague Susan McGraw -Keber, who served three terms. Photo: Christopher Walsh The last Trustee meeting of the 2023 year was held on Monday, December 11th. “During the meeting, the East Hampton Town Trustees codified new policies on docks and other floating structures in waters under their jurisdiction, including a prohibition on construction of any new residential piers or fixed or floating docks in the entirety of Three Mile Harbor. Monday’s vote completed a two-year process that began when the trustees enacted a moratorium on
ChangeHamptons! illustration photo of Earth
You already know what we are facing—after the hottest year on record in the US since we started recording temps in 1880;  forest fires, floods, droughts, the impact of rising temperatures on our forests, agriculture, oceans and marine life; the complexity of contaminants in our drinking water and bays, and in the air; the increased diseases attacking species of trees, and the collapse of birds, insects and native bees.  We could go on and on, but we sense you know at least some of this existential crisis we are facing.  SO WHAT CAN WE DO LOCALLY? This is the question
Surfrider's Skip the Stuff Bill invitation to the public for a Village of East Hampton hearing.
A nationwide campaign to stop billions of unused straw, utensils, napkins, condiment packets, and other accessories that are routinely included take-out and delivery orders. Surfrider Foundation of Eastern Long Island Chapter is attending a public meeting on December 15th at 10:30AM at LTV Studios: 75 Industrial Road, Wainscott. The public is invited to attend and speak. Plastic is a serious problem globally, but we can help to minimize plastic items that are found on our beaches, landscapes, waterways, and sadly, in marine animals. Restaurants are urged to ask customers if they need utensils before providing them for take-out purchases. Your
Amagansett Life-Saving Station aerial photo
East Hampton Town Trustee and member of the Board of Trustees of the Life-Saving Station, David Cataletto, will be on hand to help with the First Annual Christmas Tree-Lighting. The local Kiwanis organization and the Coast Guard Station are working together to provide a festive event for all in our community – there will be FREE hot cider, cookies, joyful holiday music, and children’s arts and crafts. The Kiwanis Club of East Hampton would welcome and greatly appreciate donations of any new and unwrapped gifts for “Toys for Tots”. The donated gift(s) Kiwanis will be given to children in need
Block Island wind turbines as seen from the beach in Montauk. Jane Bimson
Block Island wind turbines as seen from the beach in Montauk. Photo: Jane Bimson “Change is hard but essential if East Hampton Town and the wider world are going to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, officials of the Nature Conservancy said this week in the wake of the United States government’s Fifth National Climate Assessment, issued last week. Coastal retreat is inevitable, said Alison Branco, the Nature Conservancy’s director of climate adaptation, and people will have to become accustomed to seeing energy-generation sites, said Jess Ottney, the group’s New York director of policy and strategy, though
First wind turbine installed 35 miles off the coast of Montauk 11/23
Photo courtesy of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) “Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Monday the completed installation of the first of 12 turbines for the South Fork Wind farm, which will be the first completed utility-scale wind farm in the United States in federal waters. When completed, the 130-megawatt wind farm, situated in a federal lease area around 35 miles off Montauk, will generate electricity sufficient to power approximately 70,000 average-size houses, eliminating up to six million tons of carbon emissions, or the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road annually over a 25-year period, according to the wind
patch first offshore wind turbine for new york
MONTAUK, NY — A new day dawned this week, representing a milestone in the quest for renewable energy, as the first offshore wind turbine for South Fork Wind was installed off the coast of Montauk. All 12 turbines are expected to be installed by the end of 2023 or early 2024. Read the full article here:
UPDATE: The Trustees have left the Public Comment period open until 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2023 for anyone wishing to submit a written comment. You may email your comments to If you prefer to use USPS, please mail them to P.O. Box 7073 Amagansett, NY 11930. The Trustees have spent the past two years inspecting and creating an updated inventory of the docks in Trustee jurisdiction. As a result of these inspections, the Trustees have identified several potential policy considerations aimed at streamlining processes and creating a singular cohesive policy for the siting, approval and annual regulations of
Dock on Three Mile Harbor
Dock on Three Mile Harbor “Five people spoke during the East Hampton Town Trustees’ public hearing on Monday regarding whether the body will permanently prohibit new docks in Three Mile Harbor, where docks are not prohibited now on its eastern shore, and enact other changes to its dock policy.” Full article by Christopher Walsh: The East Hampton Star

Statement from Orsted Regarding Mooring System in Use

“As part of the fish monitoring study outlined in the SFW Fisheries Study Work Plan, the Stony Brook University team is conducting a regular visit to the sensor array off Wainscott today to collect data from sensors, replace batteries, and deploy new retrievable moorings alongside the previous moorings. As the Stony Brook team is deploying new moorings alongside the existing moorings there’s no change to the mariners briefing, our standard method for updating mariners on the presence of equipment in navigational waters. Members of the fisheries outreach team, in collaboration with the research team, have worked with the fishing community to select an alternative mooring, one that is smaller, lightweight and retrievable, and is more compatible with commercial fishing in response to the feedback we’ve received from the community on original deployment of cement moorings.”

Images of the mooring system and a diagram are shown below.

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