JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO After the March 2 nor’easter, this view of Reel Point shows waves that have carved out extenisve sections, something Waterways Management Advisory Council Chairman John Needham called ‘alarming.’
Three town officials met at Reel Point recently with Melanie Cirillo, the Peconic Land Trust’s (PLT) director of conservation planning, to secure a commitment on the next step to save the spit of land — owned by PLT — that extends into Coecles Harbor from the southern tip of Big Ram Island. (more…)
At its Tuesday work session, the Town Board gave updates on several issues that have been before the public in recent weeks.
There seems to be movement on only one pressing concern — the erosion crisis at Reel Point — while the situations of limited availability of medical care on the Island and the criminal cutting of acres of trees off Menhaden Lane remain status quo. (more…)
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Stephen Searl, Sylvester Manor’s new executive director, and Tracy McCarthy, the organization’s new director of operations, in front of the Manor House.
As the staff at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm looks ahead to 2018 and the upcoming summer season, they will do so alongside two new key players who recently joined the team. (more…)
As a March storm lashed Shelter Island with wind-driven rain, John Needham noted an ominous sight — water lapping at his shop door at Coecles Harbor Marina.
Mr. Needham, who has spent almost his whole working life on the harbor, had an immediate thought; “It’s in all of our interests that protection is maintained.”
He was speaking about Reel Point — that spit of land jutting from the southern tip of Big Ram Island, a natural barrier that once guarded Coecles Harbor and the homes and businesses that line its shore from high seas and destructive storms. (more…)
Town Engineer John Cronin, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is consistent in urging the town to face up to infrastructure problems and solutions. In an email recently to the Reporter, Mr. Cronin noted that “whether talking about roads and other town assets … almost all of these situations impact care of infrastructure. We are fast approaching a crisis in the country.” (more…)