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Apr 9, 2010 11:16 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board authorizes emergency dune restoration work in Hampton Bays

Apr 9, 2010 11:16 AM

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unes near Shinnecock West County Park in Hampton Bays that were badly eroded in recent Nor’easters will be replenished with at least 10,000 cubic yards of sand, the Southampton Town Board decided in an emergency meeting during their work session Thursday.

Marty Shea, the chief environmental analyst for the town, told the Town Board that a severe wash over or breach could occur between now and the beginning of the summer if the compromised dunes are not replenished. The work may begin as soon as Monday, said Aram Terchunian, a coastal geologist with First Coastal Corporation in Westhampton Beach.

He said the sand to replenish the dunes will come from an emergency stockpile located on Road K in Hampton Bays.

Oakland’s Restaurant and a town-owned commercial fishing dock are located near the eroded dunes, Town Board member Chris Nuzzi pointed out.

“If there’s another Nor’easter, there will be more flooding and damage to the docks and Oakland’s,” Mr. Shea explained. “This is the worst erosion event in a long time.”

The restoration has to be started as soon as possible, because piping plovers are beginning to nest, he said. There is a prohibition of activity on beaches beginning April 1 that would limit dune restoration work. New York State, however, has already extended that deadline to April 15, and the town is hoping it may even be extended to April 30.

The work is expected to cost between $50,000 and $60,000, which the Town Board would have to pay for through a bond, as they do not have any cash on hand for capital projects, Town Comptroller Tamara Wright said. The town would find money in certain lines of the budget to pay for the project, and then reimburse those lines with the funds from the bond, once it is disbursed, she explained.

Mr. Terchunian noted that the state, the federal government or Suffolk County may reimburse the town for some of the costs.

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When the gov't seeks to do something like this, it proceeds.

Can you imagine if a homeowner sought to do this? The Conservation Board, Trustees and or the DEC would be putting every road block possible in the way of the project!
By cjs (6), southampton on Apr 9, 10 7:29 AM
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The Conservation Boar would have no say, as the ocean is not defined as a regulated Town wetland.

The Trustees have and DO support beach renourishment projects and do not put up road blocks.

The 'roadblocks' are almost always due to the federally threatened/state endangered Piping Plover and the State has and does give exemptions to this in specific situations. All work must be done by April 1st, but in rare instances it's extended to the 15th - with one requirement being that ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 9, 10 12:58 PM
So are you against the repairs and for an environmental disaster? What would that benefit?
By tianabay (5), Hampton Bays on Apr 9, 10 4:29 PM
Marty Shea is important to our community. He understands how important it is to protect not just the beaches but to preserve the barriers and natural habitat.
By tianabay (5), Hampton Bays on Apr 9, 10 4:31 PM
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The beaches on the east side of the Shinnecock Inlet keep getting bigger while those on the west side are not replenishing themselves.
Apparently sand moves along the coast from east to west and something is preventing it from going where Mother Nature says is should. My guess is that it's the jetties at the inlet. Is that corrrect? Can something be done? Is there anyone out there who knows what the problem is and what could be done to fix it.
One aspect that disturbs me is that much of ...more
By baywoman (165), southampton on Apr 11, 10 3:27 AM
the "emergency stockpile" was from the sand dredged from the inlet, why didnt that contractor just dump the sand right there instead of k road? also, if you look at old maps you see the inlet moves up and down the beach, "back in the day" was just west of ponquogue parking lot. and oaklands should pay for the protection of their massive restaurant and marina they built 10 years ago, not the general taxpayer, just sayin.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Apr 11, 10 8:12 AM
"massive" restaurant......haven forbid that evil capitalist, get real will you
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Apr 11, 10 8:26 PM