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03/08/17 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

After months of ugly confrontations over crafting short-term rental (STR) regulations, culminating in a Town Board work session a week ago that descended into an obnoxious shouting match, Supervisor Jim Dougherty said Tuesday he was seeking to “heal the wounds in our community a bit.” (more…)

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02/15/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO The 'sediment pond' at the Shelter Island Historical Society headquarters on Route 114.

COURTESY PHOTO The ‘sediment pond’ at the Shelter Island Historical Society headquarters on Route 114.

Contractor Chris Fokine, overseeing the construction at the Shelter Island Historical Society headquarters on Route 114, told the Town board Tuesday that a new pond that’s sprung up as a result of work there is being called “Lake Fokine.” (more…)

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12/21/16 12:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO

In response to complaints from residents about an apparent increase in deer and related damage and disease, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Dering Harbor is weighing options for reducing the local deer herd, including regulated shotgun hunting. (more…)

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12/14/16 12:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board decided Tuesday to set up a new committee to vet clean water projects.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board decided Tuesday to set up a new committee to vet clean water projects.

Ticks and water quality were on the Town Board’s Tuesday work session agenda.

The board heard a report from Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on efforts to calculate the number of ticks on the Island and strategies in 2017 to reduce their population (see  previous story).

With the passage in November of a law allowing the town to take up to 20 percent per year from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for clean water projects, the board agreed to set up a new committee to identify and vet the projects.
Until the election, the CPF was used solely for purchasing, preserving and maintaining open space through a real estate transfer tax. (more…)

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12/13/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island Town Hall

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Shelter Island Town Hall

After several months of discussing possible legislation to control short-term rentals on the Island, the Town Board at its Friday meeting set January 27 as a date for a public hearing on the draft, but not before hearing a complaint about the timing. (more…)