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12/30/15 2:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The residence on Charlie's Lane that spurred a debate in 2014 on house sizes that carried over into 2015.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The residence on Charlie’s Lane that spurred a debate in 2014 on house sizes that carried over into 2015.

A subject of conversation by residents for years got louder when Brad Tolkin decided to tear down a waterfront home on Charlie’s Lane and replace it with an 8,297-square-foot house.

What began as a simple, nuts-and-bolts zoning debate about an individual project inspired a new chapter in the ongoing saga of the “Hampton-ization” of Shelter Island. (more…)

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12/15/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Ken Pysher has been acting chairman of the Water Advisory Committee, but will be away for a couple of months this winter. As of Monday night, no member has come forward to take on his replacement.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Ken Pysher has been acting chairman of the Water Advisory Committee, but will be away for a couple of months this winter. As of Monday night, no member has come forward to take on his replacement.

Yes, Shelter Islanders, in 2016 you get to be your own Santa Clauses, having expressed your concerns about water quality to the Town Board and how you want your tax money spent.

The town will pay an anticipated $37,600 for testing, but will dig deeper to come up with another $5,800 since learning that a 20 percent discount for testing won’t be applied to the first year of a three-year testing program. (more…)

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08/26/15 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO |  The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed methods to limit the size of houses.

COURTESY PHOTO |
The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed methods to limit the size of houses.

At Tuesday’s Town Board work session, Councilwoman Chris Lewis noted that you can’t be in the post office for very long these days without “someone telling you how Shelter Island is changing before their eyes. We’re just trying to put a few brakes on.”

She was speaking of a subcommittee made up of herself, Town Attorney Laury Dowd and Councilmen Paul Shepherd and Peter Reich who have been tasked to come up with plans to reduce the sizes of new houses on the Island. (more…)

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06/24/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO |  The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed a new housing restrictions for  certain communities.

COURTESY PHOTO |
The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed a new housing restrictions for certain communities.

Protecting the availability of water and its quality by putting new zoning restrictions on certain areas of the Island was discussed at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

A committee of Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Town Attorney Laury Dowd presented a proposal for the new restrictions on a so-called “fragile zone ” overlaying the present Near Shore overlay zone. (more…)