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Eye to the East: Airport for Sale, Wind Farm Planned

Also this week, lawsuits are flying over an agricultural processing facility on Sound Avenue, and Greenport was featured in a recent piece on CNN.com.

Throughout the week, we do our best to offer you local news that hits close to home. With a wide network of Patch sites across Long Island, we thought we'd also make available a round-up of news from our East End sites.

An offshore wind farm may soon be built 30 miles from Montauk Point, bringing renewable energy to stabilize electricity prices and improving air quality on Long Island.

The Deepwater Wind Energy Center, situated between Long Island and New England, would be the nation's first 200-turbine, 900-megawatt offshore regional energy center. Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island-based project developer, estimates that the energy center will produce enough electricity to power 350,000 homes — about 10 percent of Long Island's electricity needs — and displace over 1.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The wind project is located in the federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the Outer Continental Shelf, about 30 miles east of Montauk and 15 miles southeast of Martha's Vineyard. The company says the turbines won't be visible from land.

Only days after a , John King, owner J. Kings Food Service Professionals, Inc., a food service company, says he plans to fight back in court after being hit with another lawsuit by an opponent of the project.

"I'm going to sue to get my legal fees back," King said on Friday, adding that he has spent over $57,000 in fees so far due to litigation commenced by Austin Warner, Jr.

For months, Warner has opposed King's proposed agricultural processing facility, to be located at 2711 Sound Avenue, the 108,000 square foot site of the former Blackman Plumbing Supply business.

On July 20, Warner filed an Article 78, or a request for judicial intervention in the Suffolk County Supreme Court with Judge Jeffrey Spinner, against King and the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals to reverse and vacate a June 14 determination that gave the green light to the new ag-park facility, which was lauded by elected officials at a ribbon-cutting last week.

Just one bedroom and one bath for $18 million?

Oh wait, it's an airport. .

The property measures just over 37 acres, and according to the HREO listing, is surrounded by over 1,000 preserved acres. The runway is 3,200 feet long and the property comes with a 45-foot by 32-foot hanger.

A reporter from CNN gave a big thumbs up to Greenport as one of five places New York City folks should visit as an alternative to the Hamptons if they want to get out of the super heat of the subway platform this summer. The North Fork Oyster Company, the Harborfront Inn and Claudios are all featured in the piece.

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