On East Hampton's Bayfront, Struggle Over How To Respond to Past Mistakes Without Making New Ones - 27 East

On East Hampton's Bayfront, Struggle Over How To Respond to Past Mistakes Without Making New Ones

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The home at 117 Bay View Avenue has been guarded by a 200-foot wall of 1-ton sandbags since 2018 that were supposed to be a temporary protection measure while a longterm solution was figured out. The sandbags, pictured last summer, are now starting to fail and the homeowner has still not won approval for a new solution. MICHAEL WRIGHT

The home at 117 Bay View Avenue has been guarded by a 200-foot wall of 1-ton sandbags since 2018 that were supposed to be a temporary protection measure while a longterm solution was figured out. The sandbags, pictured last summer, are now starting to fail and the homeowner has still not won approval for a new solution. MICHAEL WRIGHT

The emergency permit that allowed the sandbags to be put in place in 2018 required that they be covered with sand to protect them from deterioration. But East Hampton Town never allowed the sand to be put in place and the homeowner says that the bags are now deteriorating and starting fail, jeopardizing the home in a storm. MICHAEL WRIGHT

The emergency permit that allowed the sandbags to be put in place in 2018 required that they be covered with sand to protect them from deterioration. But East Hampton Town never allowed the sand to be put in place and the homeowner says that the bags are now deteriorating and starting fail, jeopardizing the home in a storm. MICHAEL WRIGHT

The area of Lazy Point is one of the most erosion prone regions of the town, thanks to decades old manmade structures and the digging of a new inlet to Napeague Harbor, that have interrupted the natural flow of sand along the shoreline, experts say. A house at the end of Mulford Lane, just a few hundred yards east of the Bay View Avenue homes, has been completedly undermined and its abandoned skeleton sits permanently perched above the waters of Gardiners Bay. MICHAEL WRIGHT

The area of Lazy Point is one of the most erosion prone regions of the town, thanks to decades old manmade structures and the digging of a new inlet to Napeague Harbor, that have interrupted the natural flow of sand along the shoreline, experts say. A house at the end of Mulford Lane, just a few hundred yards east of the Bay View Avenue homes, has been completedly undermined and its abandoned skeleton sits permanently perched above the waters of Gardiners Bay. MICHAEL WRIGHT

A group of homeowners in Montauk have asked to be included in a special overlay that allows seawalls, like their neighbors, whose protective structures have exacerbated erosion along the unprotected shoreline. MICHAEL WRIGHT

A group of homeowners in Montauk have asked to be included in a special overlay that allows seawalls, like their neighbors, whose protective structures have exacerbated erosion along the unprotected shoreline. MICHAEL WRIGHT

authorMichael Wright on Jun 5, 2024
Attorneys for an Amagansett homeowner who is seeking permission to erect a rock seawall to protect his home from chronic coastal erosion have filed a new lawsuit against East Hampton... more

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