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$26.5 Million Beach Restoration Plan Approved in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack

Majority of Bridgehampton, Water Mill and Sagaponack oceanfront residents in beach erosion control districts vote in favor.

Oceanfront property owners from Water Mill to Sagaponack voted Saturday to approve a $26.5 million plan to shore up beaches by strategically depositing sand.

The hope is that the beach renourishment will protect homes from storm damage and protect Southampton Town's greatest recreational assets — the beaches themselves. Included in the plan is $1.5 million paid by homeowners for beach renourishment at public lands, plus another $1.5 million paid for by the town, through park fees.

A total of 124 property owners in the erosion control districts voted.

Bridgehampton Beach Erosion Control District voters cast 43 ballots in favor and 25 against. Sagaponack Beach Erosion Control District voters cast 32 in favor and 24 against.

In the Bridgehampton Beach Erosion Control District, 1,092,500 cubic yards of sand are to be distributed for beach and dune restoration at a cost of $12,543,350, including interest. That includes half of the cost of beach renourishment on town-owned parcels, such as Scott Cameron Beach, not to exceed $960,000. An additional $60,000 in monitoring costs will be collected through taxes annually, bringing the total cost in the district to $13,143,350, spread out over 10 years.

In the Sagaponack Beach Erosion Control District, 1,035,000 cubic yards are sand are to be distributed at a cost of $12,764,500, including interest. That includes half of the cost of beach renourishment on town-owned parcels, such a Sagg Main Beach, not to exceed $540,000. An additional $60,000 in monitoring costs will be collected through taxes annually, bringing the total cost in the district to $13,364,500, spread out over 10 years.

Voting was held at Southampton Town Hall, and also by absentee ballot. Only property owners, whose names are on a deed, or an authorized representative of a corporate owner were permitted too cast ballots.

Commenter #1 Smells Like #2 February 03, 2013 at 11:18 AM
I'm sorry but I actually cannot stop laughing when I read this story. To think that there were educated homeowners who have seemingly enjoyed immense success, politicians who want desperately to sound like they know what they are talking about and high priced "environmental consultants" nee ex hippies who don't like wearing sport coats and ties but like to hear themselves expound on thing over which they have no control have all decided to unload sand and soil to the tune of 8 figures is a regular riot. But at least you've included ''interest''. Hahahahahaha, Mother Nature is most definitely due for a trip back to the drawing board to figure out how she is going to handle this one. Hahahahahaha.
lol February 03, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Condemn the "mansions" that are in peril. take back the dunes and let them grow naturally the way they have done for millions of years. Stop the "mega-mansions" ie Gibson Lane, ( this is what we want to see as we go to "OUR" beaches). Finally these storms have been occurring a lot longer then we have been recording them. The next one might just reclaim All of the dunes. Nothing we do with Machines will stop what is about to occur.
Andrew Cirincione February 03, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Waste of money. Mother nature will take all sand back out to sea like it has every time since "Beach Restoration" first started. Learn from our elders. If we are going to do anything lets go back to the least expensive tried and true way "beach Scraping"
Paul Burkhart February 03, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Will the home owners who voted against the proposal sue to halt the project. What will be the ramifications for the Town. When the next big storm comes and renders properties unbuildable, or when properties are abandoned, who will pick up the annual assesments? The Town(us)?
Ralebird February 03, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Shall we send YOU the bill, or do we just tell the owners "get out"?
Andrew Cirincione February 04, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Maybe the town is living a little high on the hog if it needs to rely on tax dollars from Mega Mansions that use little to no town services

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