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Aug 15, 2012 9:32 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Public Hearing Slated On Beach Nourishment Plan

Aug 15, 2012 10:48 AM

The Southampton Town Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed beach nourishment project targeting the oceanfront from Water Mill to Sagaponack this Friday, August 17, at 4 p.m. to again hear the concerns of residents—both those along the waterfront who would pay for most of the work, and those from the rest of the town who will have to pay nominal amounts in their taxes, about $25 total over 10 years for the average homeowner.

The Town Board will then be left to decide whether it will authorize the borrowing on behalf of the two erosion control districts in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. If the borrowing is approved—Town Board members said they expect it will be—it would be subject to a permissive referendum, by which property owners in the special taxing districts formed to pay for the work could petition the town to hold a public vote to approve it. Just three of the 52 property owners in Sagaponack and four of the 73 owners in the Water Mill-Bridgehampton district would have to submit petitions challenging the borrowing.

If the petitions are filed, which town officials expect will happen, a vote would be scheduled for late October or early November, and a simple majority of the ballots cast—only by property owners within the two districts—would decide whether the project would go forward or not.

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