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Mar 15, 2016 4:49 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Dunes To Be Rebuilt In Wainscott After Erosion Worse Than During Sandy

Members of the Georgica Association are asking the Town Trustees to rebuild the dunes. COURTESY FIRST COASTAL
Mar 15, 2016 4:49 PM

Severe erosion along the oceanfront in Wainscott from a pair of winter storms has erased dunes constructed after Superstorm Sandy and left the Georgica Association’s bathing pavilion foundation and parking lot completely exposed.

The East Hampton Town Trustees on Monday night gave representatives from the association permission to truck in more than 3,000 tons of sand removed from the floodplain of Sagg Pond to rebuild the 300 feet of eroded dune and cover the pavilion’s septic system, which has been uncovered by the erosion.

Some board members said that while they were in favor of allowing the association to bring in the sand as a band-aid for the eroded dunes, that the facility’s septic system was going to need to be upgraded to a more storm-proof one in case future erosion were again to impact it.

“Rick [Drew] and I looked at this earlier in the week and I think we both came to the conclusion that on an emergency basis this needs to be addressed, but on a more long-term basis this bathhouse, beach house may need to … I’m not going to say retreat, but I think some alternatives need to be explored,” Trustee James Grimes said. “The association needs to look at some long-range remediation here … with the septic system.”

Association consultant Billy Mack said that the dune was rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy and that the erosion at the property this winter has been worse than following that historic storm.

“This is the first time they’ve been hit this badly,” Mr. Mack said of the association. “They’re looking at this problem much more globally now,” he added, noting that the association’s members are thinking more closely about how to help their facility weather future storms.

Not all the Trustees were convinced. The board’s most senior member, Diane McNally, said she thought the board should take more time to consider the proposal before approving it. She was the lone vote against the approval.

“The condition it is in right now is a hazard,” Mr. Grimes said. “To leave it that way would be negligent on our part.”

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Is everyone is keeping track of all the Band-aids required to patch up The East End's precious dunes through the years? Notice how recent short-term fixes need fixing again?

Hopefully Mr. Wright is working on a book about the ultimate erosion of Long Island, as a recent geologic formation. With sea level continuing to rise, the only long-term solution is to bulkhead the entire Island.

By PBR (4921), Southampton on Mar 15, 16 5:13 PM
Yeah that dredging worked well 20 million down the tubes
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Mar 15, 16 6:33 PM
Eh trustees need to start standing their ground. Emergency solutions should never outweigh better future planning.
By H2O (85), easthampton on Mar 15, 16 11:21 PM
This is no emergency, let's be clear about that. Human life is not at risk.

Losing the use of an oceanfront structure is something we are going to have to get used to. We do not have the "right" to remain in place forever on the frontline between the land and the sea..

Mother Nature alone has that "right" IMO.

With sea levels rising, our concept of "emergency" is what needs to change here.

Insisting on remaining on the frontline is going to get very expensive, ...more
By PBR (4921), Southampton on Mar 16, 16 5:05 AM
Also, isn't that a private beach? Why not get some concessions from the owner to address that, prior to allowing the work?
By H2O (85), easthampton on Mar 16, 16 7:52 AM
the ocean will come and go as it pleases, if you build a house on the ocean that's the risk you run , have fun fighting mother nature
By ashhelm (8), hampton bays on Mar 16, 16 8:26 AM
chief the dredging only went to the town line at sagaponack/wainscott east hampton was not involved
By xtiego (696), bridgehampton on Mar 16, 16 5:15 PM
Well check out the rest it is eroding also.
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Mar 16, 16 6:52 PM
There is a beautiful house just near that beach access. On a sunny day one passer-by was overhead saying, "Well - by building their house that close to the ocean they take their chances." However - please note - the original owner of that house has photographs of a picnic taking place on the wide lawn hundreds of feet in front of where that house now stands. The ocean exists now where a grassy lawn once stood - literally hundreds of feet in front of that house.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Mar 22, 16 4:01 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser