The federal government decided in 2009 to sell Plum Island to the highest bidder, presumably a private owner. In 2013 Donald Trump announced his desire to purchase Plum Island to create a golf resort. Southold Town had no interest in that plan, which quickly fizzled.
Leading conservation organizations, including Save our Sound and Group for the East End, are suing to block the sale. A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in January. Congress can and should act to permanently block the sale. It has failed to do so. READ
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill July 25 to prevent the sale of Plum Island by the federal government to the highest bidder for the second time. READ
In February 2012, a Manorville man walking his dog in a wooded area near his house made a startling discovery: a human skull and other skeletal remains.
Five years later, all forensic analysts have discovered is that the remains were those of a man, likely white with brown hair and anywhere from 30 to 50 years old. His right fibula had been fractured but had healed. READ
Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Entering the White House with historically low approval ratings, Mr. Trump has his work cut out for him to improve his popularity among Americans. Several key issues essential to the North Fork will likely affect how locals view Mr. Trump and his administration over the next four to eight years. READ
Those working towards preserving Plum Island’s unused, natural acreage from development see both uncertainty and hope in their goal as a new presidential era begins. READ
East End residents interested in learning about efforts to preserve Plum Island will have the chance to attend a screening of a short film about the cause, featuring actor Sam Waterston of “Law & Order.”
The existing natural habitat has been factor the most often cited in the fight against the potential sale of Plum Island. READ
A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies in an attempt to block the prospective sale of Plum Island to the highest bidder, federal court records show.