The midwinter doldrums can be shaken off, at least temporarily, tomorrow night when the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett roars back to life to host the sixth annual Mr. Amagansett Pageant, a fund-raiser for the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund.
Citing “the amount of money coming into the village, and what this money can do,” Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and his colleagues on the East Hampton Village Board heard last Thursday about the mushrooming number of basements that extend beyond the footprints of their houses, providing more living space but also adding more “density.”
Residents’ anxiety over being priced out of the modest houses they own on land they lease from the East Hampton Town Trustees at Lazy Point in Amagansett was evident during a lengthy and sometimes tense meeting on Tuesday night, with accusations heard that the members of the panel were continuing to be adversarial and belligerent.
The trustees had previously announced their intention to raise annual leases to $6,000 per lot per year. Leaseholders now pay $1,500 per year.
Approximately 1,400 of the 3,000 nonresident parking permits for East Hampton Village beaches had been sold as of Monday, one week after they went on sale. The permits, which cost $375 for the season, are available on a first-come-first-served basis for nonresidents. Permits are free for village residents. They must be displayed on vehicles that park at Georgica, Main, Wiborg’s, Egypt, and Two Mile Hollow Beaches between May 15 and Sept. 15.
Susan Knobel, who for more than a year has sought permission from the East Hampton Town Trustees to move her house from a severely eroded shoreline at Lazy Point in Amagansett, had reason to celebrate on Tuesday night. The trustees, who have debated the request while often asking for additional information, voted to authorize Ms. Knobel to apply for the variance relief that she will need from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals to relocate her house to nearby lots that are at a higher elevation.
Oversized basements that extend beyond the footprint of the house they are beneath are raising questions for East Hampton Village officials about how to regulate the trend toward well-appointed lower levels.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will close most of the beach above the mean high tide line at the National Wildlife Refuge west of Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett and the Jessup's Neck peninsula at the Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyac from April 1 through Aug. 31.
Registered Democrats who hope to see Senator Bernie Sanders on the ballot in New York State's April 19 presidential primary have been asked sign two petitions at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
A standing-room-only crowd including many of the South Fork's musicians packed into Crossroads Music at Amagansett Square on Saturday night for a free concert that served as an informal send-off for the store, which will close at year's end.
Edwin L. Sherrill, a native son of East Hampton who served on the village board for 33 years, was honored by that board on Thursday morning when a plaque renaming the Main Beach pavilion in his honor was unveiled.
Neither a six-week delay nor an Election Day shakeup could dampen spirits at the East Hampton Town Trustees' 25th annual Largest Clam Contest, to which a few hundred members of the community flocked on Sunday.