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  •     “The people of Wainscott are suffering. I don’t have enough sand,” Billy Mack of the First Coastal company told the East Hampton Town Trustees last week. The coastal engineer appeared at the trustees’ regular monthly meeting on Jan. 8 to request a supply of sand excavated from the seaward end of Georgica Pond.
        Both fine-grained beach sand and clean “beach-compatible” sand that includes coarser grains from sand mines are becoming harder to come by.

  • “The Unkechaug Indians of Eastern Long Island”
    John A. Strong
    University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95

       The Unkechaug Indians live today on a small reservation along the northern bank of Poospatuck Creek in Brookhaven Township. Although less familiar than the Shinnecock and Montaukett peoples, the Unkechaugs’ history parallels what is known about the native inhabitants of eastern Long Island before contact with early Dutch and English settlers.

  • The East Hampton Town Trustees have sued the town zoning board of appeals over its decision to allow a sea wall to be built in front of a house at Lazy Point, Amagansett.
  • Tropical it’s not. Offshore fishing trips in winter are not for the faint of heart.
  •    A few years ago on Gustavia’s main street, beside the yacht-laden harbor, outside the Cartier shop, a pedestal stood. On the pedestal was a stainless, bejeweled watch sitting on a smaller pedestal of its own. No glass, no cage, just sitting there out in the open. When you reached for it, your hand was spotted by some kind of electric eye and the watch disappeared through a trap door.

  • Montauk’s oceanfront business district has become a testing ground, a sea-level stage on which a drama with the potential for environmental and financial ruin, competing philosophies, and the absence of a guiding light, is being played.
  • A draft report may lead to a deer-management plan — the first of its kind in the state — to find short-term as well as long-term and compassionate solutions to a problem that many say has reached “an emergency level.”
  •    Like the Pony Express with a pony gone lame, FedEx has removed Montauk’s one-and-only drop box, leaving residents with a 12-mile ride to the closest box in Amagansett. Poof, the trusty drop box pony that waited to be loaded up with important missives through all kinds of weather has vanished.

  • Attorneys for a Montauk mechanic who is suing the Town of East Hampton in federal court claim the town has withheld key documents that could affect the outcome of the case.
  •    With a week left before the close of the 2012 striped bass season for sport fishermen and with schools of herring schooling right outside the Montauk Harbor Inlet, things could be worse. Bass are still being caught, although the bite has slowed and the fish are smaller.
        For boating anglers, what’s lacking in the striped bass department is being made up for in the bottom-feeding world of blackfish,  a k a tautog from the Algonkian language.

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