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The Maidstone Club’s lengthy effort to put in a new golf course irrigation system took a step closer to success at an East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Friday with the filing of a long-awaited final environmental impact statement. The board’s unanimous vote to accept the statement, pending public comment, followed discussion with Chick Voorhis of Nelson Pope and Voorhis, which had prepared it.
The Maidstone Club’s application to expand and modernize its irrigation system, which the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals is likely to rule on this month, has prompted the creation of a group to focus on the ecological health of Hook Pond. Frank Newbold, chairman of the village’s zoning board, described the new group at the board’s meeting on Friday.
Kevin McAllister, who served as Peconic Baykeeper for 16 years until his dismissal in March, has formed a new group aimed at restoring and protecting ground and surface waters on and around Long Island.
Defend H2O, comprising Mr. McAllister, Skip Tollefsen, the former owner of Lobster Inn in Southampton, and Mike Bottini, a naturalist and writer, will advocate for the enactment of stronger water quality standards, sewage management reform, an end to use of the insecticide methoprene to control the mosquito population, and wetlands protection.
Deep in the woods near Crooked Pond in Sag Harbor, where he lives and works, Nico Yektai took a break recently to consider what had given rise to his creative bent. “The idea that furniture could be just like sculpture, or painting, seemed very natural to me,” the artist-craftsman said. He referred again and again to the towering influence of his father, the Abstract Expressionist Manoucher Yektai.
Frustration boiled over as a group of commercial shellfishermen confronted the East Hampton Town Trustees Tuesday about the efficacy of the town shellfish hatchery’s annual seeding program, which the trustees help fund. The meeting was marked by multiple angry exchanges and those in the small room in the town’s Lamb Building on Bluff Road, Amagansett, talking over one another. When the shouting was over, all agreed that a survey after the seeding was completed would be in everyone’s interest.
The East Hampton Town Trustees own and manage the town’s waterways on behalf of the public, as set forth in the Dongan Patent of 1686. They have debated the proposed ban on alcohol in several of their meetings, and have split on whether to support any ban, with a majority opposed.
After a brief public hearing, the East Hampton Village Board adopted a $20.29 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Friday.
The budget represents a spending increase of $550,000 and results in a tax increase of 2.14 percent, a rate comparable to the average over the last seven years.
The proposed spending increase required the board to vote to authorize an override of the property tax cap, which it did last month.
Stevie Nicks charmed a capacity audience at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Sunday, where she discussed her 2011 album, "In Your Dreams," the making of which is depicted in "In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks," which premiered at the Sag Harbor Cinema following her talk.