Taking a look at enforcement on the waters across Long Island, the Long Island Press recently visited with East Hampton Harbormaster Dale Petruska, Chief Harbormaster Ed Michels, and a handful of others from Peconic Bay to Oyster Bay, exploring water patrols in an age of tightening budgets.
The news comes in the wake of a that left three children dead, less than a week after a , and in the middle of a summer season that is in full swing on the East End.
, leaving some potentially dangerous situations beyond the reach of harbormasters and bay constables.
According to the article, East Hampton's marine department budget has been cut by 27 percent in the past five years. Just west in Southampton, it reports, police issued a record 505 summons in 2010.