04/25/15 10:00am
04/25/2015 10:00 AM
North Fork Smoked Fish Co. owner Phil Karlin outside the business's First Street headquarters. (Credit: Michael White)

North Fork Smoked Fish Co. owner Phil Karlin outside the business’s First Street headquarters. (Credit: Michael White)

North Fork Smoked Fish Co., which opened in Greenport Village last year without proper approvals and has since been embroiled in controversy, cleared one of two critical hurdles this week.

The village Zoning Board of Appeals gave it an area variance Wednesday night by a 5-0 vote.

But it also received a summons from the village “for operating without an approval,” said village administrator Paul Pallas. (more…)

01/30/15 12:00pm
01/30/2015 12:00 PM
North Fork Smoked Fish Co. owner Phil Karlin addresses the Greenport Planning Board Thursday night. (credit: Paul Squire)

North Fork Smoked Fish Co. owner Phil Karlin addresses the Greenport Planning Board Thursday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The owner of Greenport’s North Fork Smoked Fish Co. announced Thursday night that his First Street fish shop would be opening its doors to customers for retail use, hoping to alleviate concerns by the Greenport zoning and planning boards over its operations.

The new plans introduced by owner Phil Karlin positioned the store as a joint retail venture between himself and a local fish market. But that only raised new questions from the Planning Board at its meeting Thursday night.

Now, village officials want a new detailed plan for the space by their next meeting, with Village Attorney Joseph Prokop warning that Mr. Karlin must read — and respect — the village code for retail use. (more…)