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Carl MacGowan

With my colleague Deon J. Hampton, I cover the Town of Brookhaven and its villages and hamlets. What we try to offer is an ongoing chronicle of an enormous town — that stretches from the Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean — as it grapples with development pressures, environmental issues and the challenge of maintaining programs in the face of the state tax cap. You’ll see us scribbling notes at municipal meetings, so stop by and say hello.

Port Jefferson cracks down on kayaks without permits

The Port Jefferson Village Board voted to allow

(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

Port Jefferson authorities have begun a kayak crackdown.

The village board voted 4-0 on Friday to allow Parks Department workers to seize and impound kayaks left on racks at two village beaches without permits. Trustee Bruce Miller did not attend the meeting.

The policy went into effect immediately, Mayor Margot J. Garant said.

The measure was passed to address a growing problem...

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Brookhaven Town demolishes home, charges owner with violations

Brookhaven Town hall is shown in this file

(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Brookhaven Town has torn down a Medford house for alleged safety violations.

The house, at 77 Whitepine Way, was razed on Tuesday because it was “unfit for human occupancy due to a collapsed ceiling, rotted main floor support, large holes in the side walls, interior walls blocked from garbage and debris restricting a clear egress,” town officials said Thursday in a news release.

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