Awareness of the inherent value of water quality has been known for decades here

As the South Fork population grows — and the service sector of the economy gains as well — so too has the use of residential properties as commercial adjuncts, even though it is illegal

The problem is not new

Businesses tarted up like a Nevada cathouse with sandwich-board festoonery

Guests marveled at the land and buildings, which had been the house and studio of John Little, who was among those in the first wave of 20th century Abstract-Expressionists to discover Springs

The makings of a big headache

Troubles at the Old Montauk Highway property have been known for some time

The town seems out of control and no one in authority appears to be doing anything about it

As recently as five years back, there were hardly ever any vehicles parked on a now-disputed sliver of sand on the east side of the Three Mile Harbor inlet

One of the things that visitors notice when they arrive on the South Fork is how manicured our neighborhoods are