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Plum Island

It's been a while since we checked in on Plum Island, that super high-security animal disease laboratory right off the tip of Orient on the North Fork. (We've actually been on Plum Island...their cafeteria is the cheapest thing ever.) The plan for a while has been to move the research operations on the island to a brand new, higher-security facility somewhere in Kansas, but with unemployment still high, some Southold Town councilmen are increasingly nervous about the future (the island is the town's second largest employer) and they're going to try to keep the laboratory from moving, despite the fact that a ground breaking for the new facility is scheduled for next year. [Previously, North Fork Patch]