On Sunday, waves lapped at the downtown Montauk oceanfront, where erosion from recent storms has carried away sand and exposed the sandbags beneath it. A Montauk hamlet study recommends coastal retreat for oceanfront motels and a gradual shift to higher ground. Doug Kuntz

The Hook Mill is adorned with lights for the season. Durell Godfrey photos
The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad helps organize the East Hampton Polar Bear Plunge at Main Beach.Durell Godfrey

Guests at the American Hotel were asked to leave their rooms in the early morning hours Wednesday while police investigated a report that turned out to be unfounded. Doug Kuntz

Marshall & Sons ventures are holdouts in a fast-changing community
Marshall Prado and his brothers run one of the few family-run fuel businesses left on the East End. Johnette Howard

Bed bug infestation was ‘traumatic for everyone’
Andrew Malone sat in his apartment at Windmill Village II on one of the donated chairs he was given after his belongings were removed. Johnette Howard

Runoff, dredge spoils, and dog droppings lead to a new call for action

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