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Jan 21, 2019 12:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue Sets Final Public Hearing To Discuss Erosion Control District For April

Quogue Village Beach. VALERIE GORDON
Jan 23, 2019 11:10 AM

Quogue residents will have one last opportunity to voice their opinions about a planned erosion control taxing district to fund beach nourishment when the Village Board continues a public hearing on the proposal on Friday, April 12.

The project, which would dump nearly 526,000 cubic yards of sand along a 1.2-mile stretch of beach, has sparked controversy among the 46 homeowners who would each be required to shell out between $17,000 to $30,000 per year to fund the $10 million project.

Details are still unclear, according to Dune Road homeowners Karen and Andrew Cirincione, who, on Friday, pointed out that Quogue Village officials have yet to determine how much money each property owner would be required to pay. Mayor Peter Sartorius has said that homeowners could be charged either based on total assessed property value, linear footage of ocean frontage, or a combination of both.

Lynn Joyce, another Dune Road homeowner, also expressed concern. “I think there are a lot of issues that are left uncertain,” she said. “People need to have an idea as to what the impact of this is. Once you’re in an erosion tax district, you’re never out of it.”

It’s also uncertain when the project would begin. Aram Terchunian, a Westhampton-based coastal geologist who has helped design several large beach nourishment projects and is acting as a consultant to the village, has said that the nourishment venture will essentially piggyback on a larger project planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconstruct 4.5 miles of beach between Hampton Bays and East Quogue.

At Friday’s Village Board meeting, Mr. Sartorius said that he hopes to have more details of the Army Corps project to share with the community in April.

He added that the Village Board is poised to make a decision in the weeks following the meeting, noting that although the control district would be formed by the Town of Southampton, under state law, the consent of the Village Board is required.

“We would like people to come and, hopefully, after that, we would decide whether we’re going to consent to this or not,” Mr. Sartorius said. “I’m certainly cognizant of the fact that there are homeowners who don’t want it, but I feel like the people that would go to the village beach would be definitely in favor of having a better beach, which I think this would provide. That’s certainly my sense.”

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