“Save Montauk” — “No More Army Corps”
These were some of the signs as widespread opposition greeted the Army Corps of Engineers project to put “geotubes” at taxpayers’ expense of $8.9 million on the beach at Montauk.
With the start of the Montauk work, there was civil disobedience by protesters seeking to stop bulldozers and arrests. And there was a multitude of complaints at an East Hampton Town Board meeting drawing 250 people. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.
A brief Town Board work session Tuesday took up a plan proposed by the Waterways Management Advisory Council to dredge and add pilings at the Silver Beach Lagoon.
The plan would, according to the WMAC, “solve problems with empty slips, old gear in the water, illegal subletting [of town-registered moorings] and boats bumping into each other.” (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Town Board met November 13 to discuss the 2016 budget.
Town taxpayers will see a 3.8 percent rise to support spending in 2016. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island’s new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, met with department chiefs Monday morning to listen to their ideas and provide an overview of what’s probable, possible and unlikely.
With a New York State-imposed tax cap for municipalities, finding funds for necessary projects and services has forced Shelter Island to up its game in securing government grants.
One strategy the Town Board has developed is to return to a method it employed in the past — hiring a professional to discover what money is available and bring it to the Island.
The board and town department chiefs met its new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, who operates Mesiano Consulting serving Long Island and the upstate capital region, at a public meeting Monday morning at Town Hall. In her presentation, Ms. Mesiano Higham gave them a realistic view of what they could expect and what would be unrealistic in meeting funding needs.
She said that most grants require municipalities to lay out money and await reimbursement. That’s a challenge for Shelter Island and one that will require careful balancing of which grants to pursue.
What’s to be done at Reel Point, where thousands of dollars have been spent to keep the mouth of Coecles Harbor open?
Before pouring more money into dredging and another attempt to shore up the land, both the town and Peconic Land Trust, which owns part of the site, agree they want a professional study to determine what can be done. (more…)