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Aug 21, 2018 2:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Montauk Lighthouse, Turtle Cove To Be Off Limits For Two Years

The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to embark on a two-year bolstering of the stone revetment beneath the Montauk Lighthouse.
Aug 21, 2018 2:47 PM

The shoreline around the Montauk Lighthouse—including the popular Turtle Cove area, which draws thousands of fishermen and surfers—could be off limits for as long as two years while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bolsters the stone revetment at the foot of the historic lighthouse.

The project, which is expected to get underway early next year, will use the beach at Turtle Cove, which is on the southwest side of the lighthouse, as well as areas to the north of the lighthouse as staging areas for the heavy equipment that will be required to move new 15-ton quarry stones into place along the revetment’s new face.

East Hampton Town’s chief environmental analyst, Brian Frank, told the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday that he has asked the Army Corps to detail exactly how much of the north side shoreline will be off limits to fishermen, hikers and bird watchers, as well as whether the footpath leading from the lighthouse parking area down to Turtle Cove also will be entirely off limits throughout the project. He said such details likely will be the purview of the construction company that wins the contract for the estimated $24 million project, which has yet to be awarded.

“It’s unlikely that Turtle Cove will be available to access, unless you come in from Camp Hero,” Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.

The roadway leading to Turtle Cove, the parking area at the top of the cove and portions of the bluff that support the existing stone revetment—which is one of the most fabled surf fishing locations in the world—are owned by the town. The board has been asked to grant permission for Army Corps contractors to access it for the project.

Despite the restrictions to public access it will require, Mr. Frank said the project does seem to be consistent with the town’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, because it is in an area of severe erosion, where hardened erosion control structures may be built or maintained. The LWRP bans the construction of new hardened structures along most of the town’s shoreline.

The long-percolating plans for shoring up the historic lighthouse’s protection call for the entire 840-foot revetment to be covered with two new layers of stones: one of 15-ton boulders to shore up the existing armoring, and another of smaller rocks to dampen the force of waves crashing against it.

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