It is critical to understand that there is no consensus here about what to do

A sense that the remarkable and history-filled isle should be preserved

Town officials need to explain why such a large-scale undertaking was allowed in the first place

Applications are rushed through without adequate staff review or time to make sure they are on the up and up
The agenda gap extends to other town entities, but not all
The public-relations problem for both parties comes from a misperception that the land is already preserved

The decision to skip sand removal this year may have been defensible from a scientific point of view, but it was poor policy

East Hampton had a glimpse of the future and did not like it one bit