In response to the flood of big houses being built here on modest lots that almost disappear beneath them, and following the recent examples of Sag Harbor and East Hampton Villages, the town board has been discussing new rules that would limit a house’s size relative to the size of its lot.
Many Amagansett residents, East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell among them, were out and about on Monday night, either at a history program on the Nazi submarine landing off Atlantic Avenue Beach or at the monthly meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee, where at least a dozen extra chairs were commandeered to accommodate a good-sized crowd.
Last Sept. 14, which happened to be their 30th anniversary, Tony and Patty Sales went to work in different places, he to the Goldberg’s Bagels in Bridgehampton, she to the one in East Hampton. Ms. Sales, who would as soon crack a joke as breathe, told one and all that after two daughters and three decades of marriage, she and Tony had separated.
"The preference will be for East Hampton Town year-rounders, living here or working here full time," said Katy Casey, executive director of the East Hampton Housing Authority, "with priority given to fire department volunteers, emergency medical technicians, and veterans."
Somewhere in East Hampton Town, in a patch of woods just off a residential road, the last blooming yellow-fringed orchid in New York State emerged last summer from a tangle of dead leaves and fallen branches.
Four weeks after the Amagansett School Board invited residents of the district to learn more about the likely impacts of the East Hampton Housing Authority’s proposed 40-unit affordable housing complex in the hamlet, two petitions are circulating on the Internet, one in favor of the proposal and the other opposing it.