July 17, 2015 09:31

City Battles Over Beach Property & Erosion Control

Erosion is the subject of a heated debate among community members around Louse Point in East Hampton, New York. While everyone agrees that the bluffs have eroded, the big issue is how to deal with it— whether issuing special permits to build a revetment is justified, or would such measures make things worse?

The proposed revetment would be 560 feet in length and would connect to an existing 375-feet-long revetment, creating a 935-foot-long structure. It would also rise 13 feet above sea level, and be covered by beach and sand vegetation.

Brian Frank, chief environmentalist for the local planning department, is a big opponent to this plan.

He is concerned how the proposed structure would interrupt the normal drift of sand from beaches to the north.

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