With the serene beaches of the Hamptons soon 3,500 feet below his box-fresh white sneakers, Rob Wiesenthal, the chief executive of Blade, a by-the-seat helicopter charter company, boasted how the service could slice above the slog of the Long Island Expressway. A New Yorker can go from Manhattan to East Hampton in 40 minutes, better than the expressway’s two-and-a-half hours — or sometimes six — with traffic.
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The currently projected range of sea level rise “will transform East Hampton into a series of islands with permanent submergence of low-lying areas as early as 2070.” That is the ominous conclusion that leads a draft of the town’s Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan, issued last week.
It shows what town researchers who developed CARP have found to be the expected condition of the eastern half of East Hampton Town in 2070, less than 50 years from now, if efforts to combat climate change and sea level rise are unsuccessful. After Amagansett, land ends just short of Napeague, which is completely submerged. To the east is a mini archipelago. From Hither Hills on, Montauk is split into three — with most of the downtown no longer part of the landmass.
Among the many vexing issues facing town planners and elected officials as they try to gameplan “managed retreat” in Montauk away from the sea is where, exactly, to retreat to.
In a hamlet study, consultants had suggested that some hotel development could simply be allowed to migrate to the “second row” of existing hotels, just back from the beach, and that other hotels, as well as other business in low-lying areas, like the IGA grocery store, could shift to higher ground on the northeastern fringes of the current downtown.
The future of Montauk’s downtown and the long shadow of rising sea levels was the focus of a panel discussion with experts in coastal dynamics and community leaders at the… more
Like helicopters and jets, leaf blowers have long been the bane of many a South Fork resident’s existence, each one a portable spewer of pollutants and source of ear-splitting noise. But in towns and villages alike, enough residents got angry and organized, and governments listened. Today, the use of leaf blowers is restricted across the South Fork.
A century ago, a smattering of about 50 wooden shacks dotted the water’s edge in Montauk. They were home to 300 people, mostly commercial fishermen from Nova Scotia and their families, who transformed the alcove into a vibrant village — complete with a school and restaurant, a post office and bar, a telephone exchange, a store, and a pier that could house 30 boats.
The Express News Group’s Express Sessions series will return to Montauk on April 28 for a conversation with community leaders, business owners, town officials and environmental experts about how the hamlet should plan to guard against and adapt to rising sea levels in the coming decades.
South Fork Wind has applied to use a vacant industrial property between Three Mile Harbor Road and Springs-Fireplace Road as a temporary storage site for soil and water removed from the ground during the digging of trenches in Wainscott for the wind farm cable.
Stony Brook University researchers who have been monitoring the tidal waters and ponds around East Hampton for a decade said that the summer of 2021 saw some of the highest… more