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Aug 12, 2014 4:53 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Final Quogue Beach Nourishment Forum Will Focus On Funding

Aug 12, 2014 4:53 PM

The third and final installment of the “Summer Seashell Series,” a set of educational forums organized by those pushing for a beach nourishment project in the Village of Quogue, will focus on how proponents intend to finance the estimated $12 million to $15 million undertaking.

The forum set for this Saturday, August 16, will once again be hosted by the Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation, the organization primarily made up of Dune Road residents who fronted the $100,000 to pay for the necessary work to submit a plan with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. According to coastal geologist Aram Terchunian, who is working with the foundation, the DEC should make a ruling on the application in the fall.

Saturday’s meeting begins at 10 a.m. at Quogue Village Court off Jessup Avenue and will feature Noah Nadelson, the CEO of Munistat Services, a Port-Jefferson based financial advisory firm, according to a release sent by Danny Frank, a spokesman for Save the Dunes and Beaches.

Mr. Nadelson did not return calls or emails this week seeking comment.

A member of the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association and the New York Municipal Bond Club, Mr. Nadelson will present multiple options for how the proposed work would be financed, according to the same press release.

Though they have been tight-lipped about how the work should be financed, representatives of the Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation have made it clear that they think all Quogue residents should share some of the financial burden—though they have not explained in what capacity.

Mr. Frank said this week that the foundation has researched projects that have used taxing districts, federal funding and a variety of combinations to fund similar beach nourishment projects. He also noted on Tuesday that the creation of a tiered taxing district—one in which those who own property along Dune Road would pay more than those who live inland—is on the table. He added that all of those options will be discussed during Saturday’s meeting.

Audience members will be asked to write down their questions and submit them to a moderator. Residents, however, will not be permitted to ask follow-up questions, according to Mr. Frank.

He also noted that the presentation will touch on the long-term financial responsibility of the community and reiterate reasons why the Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation is lobbying village residents to back this effort. Copies of research and reports cited by the foundation can be found on the organization’s website, www.quoguebeaches.org.

The proposed work seeks to widen most of the Quogue’s shoreline by approximately 60 feet through the offshore dredging of sand, including the relocation of approximately 1.1 million cubic yards of sand.

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