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Erosion Control Districts Vote Feb. 2 on Beach Renourishment

$26.5 million plan for Bridgehampton and Sagaponack oceanfront up for referendum.

Property owners in the newly formed Bridgehampton and Sagaponack erosion control districts are set to vote Feb. 2 on 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.

The vote will be on a Saturday, giving second-home owners who live elsewhere during the week the opportunity to vote in person.

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 will be held on Feb. 2 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall. Only property owners, whose names are on a deed, or an authorized representative of a corporate owner may cast ballots.

Applications for absentee ballots must be postmarked by Jan. 14 or hand-delivered to the town clerk’s office at Town Hall no later than Jan. 22. Ballots must be postmarked by Jan. 26, returned in person to the town clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Feb. 1, or brought to Town Hall on Feb. 2 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Questions may be directed to the town clerk's office at 631-287-5740.

Absentee ballot forms and other important documents are attached in PDF format.

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