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04/18/18 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO

JULIE LANE PHOTO

No one’s declaring “problem solved,” but for the first time in many years, instead of disagreements between residents of St. Mary’s Road and Town Board members, a plan is in the works to try to slow traffic through an area heavily populated by families with young children. (more…)

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03/19/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Building Inspector Reed Karen made a case to the Town Board Friday for hiking building permit fees that have been unchanged for 10 years.

JULIE LANE PHOTOBuilding Inspector Reed Karen made a case to the Town Board Friday for hiking building permit fees that have been unchanged for 10 years.

Citing permit fees that are far below those charged by other area towns, Building Inspector Reed Karen proposed a revision that would raise costs, while still keeping them at a reasonable level for low-priced projects. (more…)

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06/28/17 8:00am
Reel Point

Reel Point

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…)

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05/03/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Marine contractor Jack Costello listened Monday night to Waterways Management Advisory Committee members debate the efficacy of his client, Zach Vella, bringing a large boat to Dering Harbor waters near the Shelter Island Yacht Club.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Marine contractor Jack Costello listened Monday evening to Waterways Management Advisory Committee members debate the merits of his client, Zach Vella, bringing a large boat to Dering Harbor waters near the Shelter Island Yacht Club.

Just when marine contractor Jack  Costello thought he was home free with an alternative plan for a dock in Dering Harbor near the Shelter Island Yacht Club, hope vanished Monday night. (more…)

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05/02/17 2:00pm
BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor. Concerns are on the rise about the quality of ground and surface waters.

BEVERELA WALZ PHOTO  Scallopers on Coecles Harbor. Concerns are on the rise about the quality of ground and surface waters.

CORRECTION: Mr. Colligan’s words are with respect to owners of properties who are making major changes involving at least 50 percent of their structures and to those building new structures on the Island. Developers of most new construction in recent years have indicated a voluntary plan to use upgraded septic systems.

A Shelter Island Town Board member predicted Monday night that with aged septic systems here could be mandated to replace them within 18 months. (more…)