Archive for May, 2011

“A-Lure” Seafood Restaurant opens on North Fork/ Port of Egypt – Bayfront dining al fresco in Southold

Monday, May 30th, 2011


What better way to celebrate the new Summer Season than with the opening of a new seafood restaurant: and at the spot of my favorite past hangouts – the old Seafood Barge which is now entirely re-done.

Tom Schaudel and Adam Lovett of "AMANO" fame in Mattituck debuted ALure this memorial day weekend on Main Road between Southold and Greenport at Port of Egypt.

Let’s assume the restaurant is as good as we have come to expect of these two restaurateurs – then add a fabulous waterfront location with great patios overlooking the Bay and marinas, and you really cannot go wrong. It remains hard to find spots with great views for dining al-fresco and this is one of the best! The restaurant is not (yet) taking reservations – so if you have to wait a bit – visit one of Southold’s best kept secrets: Charlie’s Southold Fishmarket – hidden behind the Heron Harbor Inn and ask for a chunk of his home smoked Salmon – absolutely fabulous – to take home… And let me know how you liked it… Call Alure at 876 5300

Main Beach Ranked #4 Best Beach In America

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Dr. Beach has announced the Top 10 Beaches in America and our very own Main Beach in East Hampton has ranked #4. In addition, this is the only Hamptons, or Long Island beach for that matter, making the list this year. For years Coopers Beach in Southampton has been on the list, many years ranking higher than Main Beach, but unfortunately this year we do not see a favorite beach among Southamptoners ranked.

Dr. Beach has been ranking the Top 10 Beaches since 1991 and uses fifty different criteria to evaluate a beach, which include water and sand quality as well as safety and environmental management.

Here’s what he has to say about our Main Beach:

"Main Beach provides the perfect blend of nature and built environment.  Wealthy summertime residents flock here to the beaches protected by a conservation easement, dating back over 300 years.  Main Beach is a great place for star-spotting, since many actors and actresses frequently visit this beach for its idyllic setting in a small village.  The big, wide sandy beach made of quartz has towering sand dunes and beautiful clean and clear blue water.  The best way to get around this beach is on bicycle in order to avoid parking and to take in the beautiful vista."

Here’s a list of all the Top 10 Beaches for 2011.

1.     Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida

2.     Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

3.     Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

4.     Main Beach, East Hampton, New York

5.     Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina

6.     St. George Island State Park, Florida panhandle

7.     Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

8.     Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

9.     Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

10.  Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida




Home Sales on the Rise

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011


The U.S. Commerce Department reported new U.S. single family home sales rose 7.3% to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 unit annual rate. This was the second straight month of gains and the highest level since December!
Economists had predicted new home sales would remain unchanged at 300,000 unit rate, thus this was an unexpected pleasure. The government report indicated Home Sales Prices had increased slightly, further suggesting the Real Estate market is stabilizing and recovering.
See T&C article on “Where’s the Bottom” for more insight to our local recovery in the housing market.

EH Library Wins Lawsuit Against Village

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

After an 8 year battle to build a new Children’s Wing at the Library, the NY State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Library and issued the special permit and 2 variances needed for the addition. The court found that the Village denial last year of the permit application initially submitted in 2003 was "irrational’

FINALLY – A just outcome

East Hampton Library Expansion

Friday, May 20th, 2011

8 years later and a drawn out legal battle with the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, East Hampton Library will be growing.

There obviously were two polarized view points on this expansion with objections driven by traffic and parking, as well as other intentions.

But whether you’re a friend or for of this undertaking there are several factors to acknowledge.

1. East Hampton Library will pay for this expansion via private donation. No bonds issued, no tax increases, no burdens on anyone!!

2. The East Hampton Library is one of the most beautiful buildings on one of the most beautiful main streets in America. No doubt the expansion will be thoughtfully in keeping with that.

3. While technology has taken over so much of our communication, there are many of us who still choose to read our newspapers in our broken in lazy boy on newsprint. Hopefully we will teach our children the value of books and authenticity in it’s original form.

Hopefully, East Hampton Village will not choose to appeal and spend more tax payer dollars on this lovely addition to Main Street


Friday, May 20th, 2011

Thanks to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) Montauk Inlet will be dredged in the fall and $1.15M in federal funds shall be contributed to the costs.

As we all know fishing is THE industry in Montauk. The channel, which is supposed to be 12′ deep, is only 7′ in some places. This makes it impossible for some commercial fishing vessels to enter the harbor except at high tide.

Particularly, at this time of financial stress at the Town of East Hampton, such supposrt on a federal level makes all the difference. An added bonus it the 12-16,000 cubic yards of fill being removed shall be added to the shoreline west of the inlet, where erosion has always been a problem. A win-win!

Tim Bishop was most instrumental in obtaining this assistance. Thank you!