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  • Eastbound in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Tuesday just before noon this week, we wondered why East Hampton Town officials seem unwilling or unable to come up with a sensible, long-term approach to gaining a measure of control over summer crowds. Ask a member of the town board directly about this, and you get a polite, if vacant, stare.
  • Complain as we might about East Hampton Town’s long-term planning, a recent idea from Town Hall, about further restricting the size of houses, has merit. Early opposition from a few property owners and real estate agents should not derail what would be an important conversation.
  • After seven appearances before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, Shahab Karmely had had enough. So, too, did Kenneth Kuchin, his neighbor and adversary in a bitter proceeding about a tennis court, who time and again since early this year went to a zoning board meeting for yet another continuation of what should have been an open-and-shut hearing. So-called continuations are the rule rather than the exception in East Hampton Village zoning matters. They should not be.
  • We hoped that Representative Lee Zeldin, who endorsed Donald Trump for president, would have had a change of heart after hearing his inhumane reaction to the parents of a United States soldier who was killed in Iraq, Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, who appeared at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Move over — that’s the least we can do for our ambulance and fire volunteers as they rush on the roads to a call — and now it’s the law, backed up by a $275 fine and points on your license.
  • For all the attention being paid to water quality on the South Fork, surprisingly little is being done in the way of data collection by East Hampton Town itself. And, in the absence of regular town or county testing, the East Hampton Town Trustees and Concerned Citizens of Montauk, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, have had to fill the gap to the best of their abilities.
  • In an attempt to keep the sands cleaner East Hampton Town mandated this year that all beach fires be made within metal containers. In several locations early this summer, the rule appears to have improved conditions a great deal. But compliance is not complete, and in some places, Atlantic Drive on Napeague for one and parts of downtown Montauk’s shoreline and Ditch Plain for others, problems with messy charred wood and blackened sand remain.
  • Too late to be included in an editorial in our print edition last week was the number of undeveloped parcels of land within the boundaries of East Hampton Town. Including vacant commercial and residential land in the two incorporated villages (Sag Harbor and East Hampton), there are approximately 2,580 lots classified as open.
  • Elected officials on the East End, as well as many environmental advocates, are barreling ahead with a plan to seek voter approval to draw as much as 20 percent of future community preservation fund revenue for water quality improvement. However, in presenting the initiative as a good thing, they have failed to study its potential impacts in a meaningful way.
  • When East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. abruptly demoted Barbara Borsack on July 5 from the position of deputy mayor in favor of a relative newcomer to the board, Village Hall’s normally decorous atmosphere was rattled. Calling the move a cabinet shuffle, the mayor declined to elaborate on his decision.