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Whales (Continued from page 34) two minor earthquakes were reported by the Earthquake Control Center in Denver, Colorado. They were 5.6 and 5.7 respectively, enough for people to feel the shake briefly, but that was all. The information about these shakes had just come in on the teletype. One of these earthquakes was centered at the very tip of the North Fork, in a farm field, where a farmer later said he thought he had driven his tractor into some bushes as a result. He also said that a lot of his farm animals ran around mooing and bleating. The other earthquake was centered at the very tip of the South Fork, exactly in front of the Montauk Lighthouse. The shaking knocked two pictures off the wall in the main lighthouse

Cut (Continued from page 32) room on the ground floor, which is used today as a sort of museum. The pictures were of the Lighthouse, one taken in 1881 and the other in 1904. They were immediately hung back up on the wall, and the Director of the Lighthouse thought nothing else of it. It was thought that maybe a cannon had been fired somewhere or a plane had come in overhead too low. And that was it. The investigation continues. If anybody has any information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of this evil spray painter, please call 631-537-0500 and leave a message. You will be amply rewarded. Share your whale tales at danshamptons.com

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representing the Georgica Association, which is a group of homes that border the western side of Georgica Road. The Georgica Association is a private association. The land these homes are built upon is owned in common. One narrow road swings down from Wainscott’s Main Street to traverse the full length of the road through it it to the ocean. There is a PRIVATE ROAD sign that greets you when you come in that way. Near the ocean end of the Georgica Association, this privately owned land goes all the way along the beach until very near to Beach Lane in Wainscott, which is a public road that dead ends at the beach. It is possible to reach the property of the Georgica Association in a four-wheel drive truck or vehicle by driving down to the end of Beach Lane and going onto the sand and thence eastward toward the cut. You’d pass across beach land owned by the Georgica Association to do this. It’s about half a mile from Beach Lane to the cut. As the beach in front of the Georgica Association is part of that private land—deeds even predate 1686— you can argue that the right to pass across this beach could be the subject for legal dispute. Here is what the letter that McNally received said, as reported by The East Hampton Star: “Dear Ms. McNally: “...no further use of the Association’s property is permitted to the Trustees and its contractors in connection with dredging Georgica Pond;... Moreover, the use of the Association’s property by the Trustees for any commercial purpose of any kind whatsoever is not permitted. Please know that the Association has asked us to enforce their rights with extreme vigor. If the Trustees desire use of Association property, please contact us to discuss the issues of price, insurance, indemnification, etc.” Not very neighborly, particularly toward those who live on the other shore, the eastern shore of the pond, is it? The Trustees met a few nights later to consider the significance of this matter. To defend their rights to traverse the beach they’d have to hire expensive lawyers. Rather than go that route, they thought, perhaps they could meet with the lawyers for the Georgica Association? They also decided to investigate how they could get their trucks out to this cut on the eastern side of Georgica Pond, where there are still more very large and expensive mansions. You know the phrase “cutting off your nose to spite your face?” What if the folks on the eastern shore, not wanting those trucks coming across the beach every six months, also send the Trustees a letter? In today’s law, stiff fines await anyone who tampers with the sea life and bird life that inhabit Georgica Pond, which, without challenge, is a public pond whose bottom is controlled by this same 1686 law by the Trustees. What if, when all is said and done, the Trustees cannot find any agreeable way to let Georgica Pond? There are no aerial photos showing what the pond looked like back in the 17th century. But there are descriptions of what it was like. The homes surrounding the pond would soon be flooded by the rising waters of the pond, the result of which would be the turning of lawns into wetlands and swamp, and the whole place abuzz with flies and mud. It sounds fantastic if you are an environmentalist. We await developments.

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012  

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012 Issue

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012  

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012 Issue

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