The rising costs were due to increased steel prices

Montauk hot spot will pay record-setting fine in exchange for dismissal of 500-plus citations
Richard Hammer, attorney for the Surf Lodge's new ownership group, delivered a $100,000 check to the East Hampton Town Justice Court's clerk's office following a settlement agreement today. T.E. McMorrow

Illegal influence? Let the D.A. decide
The matter of a sale of town property to the new owners of the Ronjo motel in Montauk, which is being renovated and will become the Montauk Beach House, continued to make waves at an East Hampton Town Board meeting last week. David E. Rattray

Jitney’s passenger dock plan sails ever closer to approval at packed hearing
Anton Hagen and Brendan Skislock sat on the floor near Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.
Anton Hagen and Brendan Skislock sat on the floor near Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., and the board members Bruce Stafford and Edward Gregory at Tuesday’s hearing on a law that would allow ferries to dock in the village. Carrie Ann Salvi

Levies allowed to increase despite state cap

Islandwide survey to help ancient invertebrates
John Tanacredi is asking for Long Island volunteers who will keep their eyes peeled for mating horseshoe crabs. He heads Dowling College’s annual inventory of the ancient marine arthropods. Diane SanRoman

Business owners and environmentalists alike shout down effort on crowding
Like many business owners who spoke at a hearing last Thursday in East Hampton Town Hall, Paul Monte expressed his opposition to a proposed entertainment permit. Carrie Ann Salvi

Eelgrass Carrie Ann Salvi

Man accused of breaking into music mogul's house will undergo psychological evaluation
Quamine T. Taylor walked from East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday. T.E. McMorrow