Peter Sartorius, the mayor of Quogue, announced at the Village Board meeting on Friday, June 21, that the board had unanimously voted against the Save the Dunes and Beaches proposal to establish an erosion control district for properties on Dune Road [“Quogue Board Rejects Erosion Project,” Western Edition, June 27].
As a member of the Concerned Citizens Of Quogue, as well as a property owner within the proposed erosion control district, I commend the board’s decision not to sanction the formation of this taxing district, in light of the sand replenishment and inlet bypassing, which will be implemented as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fire Island to Montauk Point Plan. Quogue beaches will undoubtedly benefit from these sand management actions without burdening property owners with costly taxes for sand pumping.
After 10 months of reaching out to coastal experts and researching the issues, we were able to educate the trustees and community about financial and environmental considerations. As a result of the active public participation, an informed and valued decision was made.
I wish to thank Kevin McAllister, whose expertise is in the biological sciences and coastal zone management, for his continued dedication and sharing his knowledge with the trustees and community. He raised valid concerns and suggestions for alternatives to dredging and pumping sand in Quogue and its long-term effects on the entire beach and community of Quogue!
I thank all those in the community who came out on Memorial Day weekend to attend the meeting at Village Hall and voiced their interest and concerns regarding the taxing district and management of Quogue beaches.
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