Word spread quickly this week that Bay Street Theatre will be able to stay in the village for at last another 10 years. Within hours of the announcement of a deal on Tuesday, the Internet filled with postings from local and national media. It was that important a story.
That importance is not lost on those businesses and residents in the Sag Harbor community who have come to appreciate the benefits — cultural and economic — the theater provides. Thanks to those who were able to make it happen, including a special acknowledgment to Pat Malloy, the theater’s landlord. His willingness to be flexible and allow the theater the option to leave early in pursuit of a new — permanent — home is, as theater board president Frank Filipo says, “a gift.”
With the breathing room this new arrangement allows, we look forward to Bay Street planning its future here in the harbor.