Cate Rogers, a full-time resident of Springs since 2002, grew up on Great South Bay and saw that once-productive body of water fall apart. She got to know the South Fork in the 1960s with her parents, who kept a boat in Sag Harbor.
She is making her first run for town trustee after serving on the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals from 2004 to 2010. As a member of the Z.B.A., she said in an interview this week, she learned how things were done in town government. She cited the day-to-day permit review on that board as valuable experience she could bring to the new post.
Ms. Rogers, who is running as a Democrat with Working Families backing, ran her family’s business, a 7,500-seat arena in Commack, before moving to the South Fork. “It’s just a feeling that this is where you belong. It’s a special place to me,” she said. “That’s one reason I’m running for trustee.”
She said her top areas of concern were water-quality testing and protection, assuring trustee jurisdiction over trustee lands and waters, and open access to trustee holdings. She has been involved in the Cornell Cooperative Extension horseshoe crab study as site coordinator, during which, she said, she was alarmed at their low numbers in the places she looked. While supportive of shellfish aquaculture, she said she was hesitant to back anything that blocked recreational and commercial harvesters from using trustee bottomland.
Ms. Rogers strongly opposes new hard structures on the beaches for erosion control. As an all-seasons paddleboarder, she said she has seen the damage seawalls can do and personally noted the refracting wave action they create.