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  •    As the traditional end of the high season approaches, it is worth taking stock of how things went and whether the South Fork is on the right path.
        Think of Montauk with its jam-packed bars affecting nearby residences. Think of Indian Wells Beach that became so popular with 20-something beer bashers that some of its regulars no longer found it attractive. Think of the racket from the airport, the dread of a trip to the grocery store. Think of massive, illegal parties in rented houses whose hosts East Hampton Town officials failed to prosecute.

  •    The news about the climate is bad. Even if you are among those who have tried to disparage global warming,  the overwhelming scientific consensus about its causes and the numbers are indisputable: the Earth is getting warmer — and fast. Long Island must prepare for the worst. But it appears that most of the region’s public officials have not gotten the message.

  •    All of a sudden, those who object to the noise of aircraft using East Hampton Airport have become a lot more numerous. After a unilateral decision by the Town of East Hampton to direct more traffic over Noyac and eastern Southampton, residents of those areas are mobilizing. There have been meetings, visits by Southampton Town officials to the new air traffic control tower at the airport, and even protests by placard-carrying people from both sides of Town Line Road, who seek quiet. This is new and bears watching.

  •    Allegations first reported by Politico.com that Representative Tim Bishop’s campaign acted improperly in seeking a cash donation from a constituent for whom the Democratic congressman did a favor have been seized upon by his political opponents. Randy Altschuler, running with Republican and Conservative endorsements, has sought to make the affair the subject of the week, with frequent e-mails to supporters and the news media.

  •    In an important and well-researched report, the East Hampton Town Budget and Financial Advisory Committee has recommended closing the town waste-treatment plant on Springs-Fireplace Road immediately while a long-term management plan is drafted. This is sound advice, and the East Hampton Town Board should act on it without delay.

  •    As with the Havens Beach stormwater logjam described on this page, officials have long wondered what to do about pollution from the privately owned Three Mile Harbor Trailer Park near Soak Hides Road. In this case, it is the Town of East Hampton grappling with potential septic contamination of groundwater that can reach a harbor. Over the years, the town, recognizing that the trailers provide low-cost housing, has pumped out the septic tanks at taxpayer expense, although there have been unproven allegations about oddities in the way this was conducted.

  •    Another summer season has just about come and gone and nothing has been done to stop potentially harmful bacteria from floating through Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.

  •    It could have been an innocent mistake. The official map of the farmland where the Town of East Hampton began digging a drainage sump this summer — despite its development rights having being sold long ago to Suffolk County — is spread across two pages that are not contiguous. On one of them, only a portion of the large parcel is shown, with no hint that almost any change or construction would be restricted. On the other, the fact that the county is effectively a co-owner is clearly described.

  •    Before the Town of East Hampton goes about opening any new public bathing beaches, it needs to demonstrate that it can adequately police and keep clean those it already has.

  •    Several people have been quick to laud the town’s top building inspector for pointing out that the Montauk Beach House needs to seek approval for its public bar and retail store. Although we are loathe to bring up zoning irregularities in Montauk once again, the praise may be premature. Regardless of the inspector’s directive that the questionable uses be shut down, the resort’s owners appear to be going full steam ahead and planning to take it all up with the town zoning board in the fall.

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