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Southold: Deer fencing OK'd, rethinking Halloween parade

Southold’s town board just made it a little easier for homeowners to keep deer out of their back yards.

The growing deer population has been a source of complaints in the town for years, but town code made it illegal for homeowners to erect deer fencing in their side or rear yards.

No fence taller than 6 1/2 feet was allowed there.

But, on Tuesday, the town board unanimously voted to allow deer fencing up to eight feet tall for residential rear and side yards.

Homeowners are required to get a building permit and, if the fence is within 10 feet of a wetland, to also get approval from the town trustees.

Unlike stockade fencing, deer fencing is made up of several strands of wire, attached to metal posts that are 20 feet apart.

“They are large, imposing and expensive,” Supervisor Scott Russell said, explaining why the town board voted to simplify the process of applying for a deer fence.

No deer fencing can be put on the front yard of a property in a residential area of Southold. 


Southold approves Halloween parade road closures only for 2010

One of the traditions in the small communities which form the North Fork town of Southold is a children’s Halloween parade.

But, this year, the cash-strapped town has started looking at the cost of those events, which put a strain on its small police department and on the merchants who have to deal with streets that are closed.

So, when it gave permission on Tuesday to close streets for the parade, the Southold town board said, in each resolution, that the approval was “...for this year only, as the Southold Town Board continues to evaluate the use of town roads.”

The closures on Sunday, Oct. 31, will be at 1 p.m. for the Southold Elementary School, at 2 p.m. for the Oysterponds School in Orient, at 5:30 p.m. for the Cutchogue Fire Department children’s parade and at 6 p.m. for the Mattituck Lions Club children’s parade.

The board also voted to close Love Lane in Mattituck on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to midnight for the TWIGS auxiliary of Eastern Long Island Hospital to hold its Snow Ball.

That closure, too, was for one year only.


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