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Beach Erosion Legislation Passed by the State Legislature

Posted on 19 June 2013

New York State Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced their bill, which would allow the Town of Southampton to diminish the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack Beach Controls Districts, has passed both the Senate and Assembly. This allows certain properties with conservation easements to be exempt from having a new beach nourishment tax imposed on them.

The Town of Southampton established its beach erosion control districts to rebuild protective beaches and dunes along its Atlantic Ocean beachfront homes. More than 2.5 million tons of sand will be used to re-nourish the beaches between Flying Point Beach in Water Mill and Townline Road in Sagaponack.

The project, estimated to cost as much as $26 million, is financed though taxing said beachfront homeowners based on their assessed value and amount of oceanfront footage. The money will be borrowed by the town and paid back over a period of 10 years through the district tax levy.

This legislation allows the Town of Southampton to adopt a local law to excluding lots in both the Sagaponack Beach Erosion Control District and the Bridgehampton Beach Erosion Control District which are already encumbered by conservation easements. These property owners have already protected their parcels by exchanging development rights for a reduction in paid taxes.

“Reducing the size of the Beach Erosion Control Districts was previously approved by voters in a public referendum,” said Thiele. “This bill ensures that those who conserved their lands, who’s properties have already decreased in market value, are exempted.”

“This new law will add a new tool in efforts to preserve the shoreline and replenish storm ravaged beaches and beach fortification,” Senator LaValle said.

“This legislation was an important part of the effort to move the beach re-nourishment proposal forward, an initiative that will rebuild approximately six miles of oceanfront. I thank Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele for ensuring its passage in both houses,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

The bill will now be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration.


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3 Responses to “Beach Erosion Legislation Passed by the State Legislature”

  1. how very nice for them. What about the beaches on the north shore!! are we not good enough to get around the dec and the epa??? We have lost almost all the sand and now we have mosquitoes. All we need is a plow to put sand back!!! BUT NOOOOOOOOOO the dec and epa don’t know squat about the cliffs here on the north shore!!! ALL they care about is money. We have offered to pay and NOT from OUR tax money!!!! What an insult!!!!

  2. Cheryl says:

    13 years ago the DEP stopped people from restoring the primary dunes in Massachusetts, Prior to 13 years, when there was an occasional storm that eroded the beach the home owner at his or her OWN EXPENSE would bulldoze the dune back up to maintain the integrity of the coast. It was an efficient and very cost effective solution to erosion and it worked. The tax payer did not spend one red cent to protect coastal homes. Now the environmentalist in their infinitely ludicrous wisdom are obstructing home owners from their constitutional right to protect their homes lateral support AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. ALL WE NEED IS A DAM PERMIT TO SAVE OUR HOMES. You see the DEP wants all the homes near the coast to be destroyed because they want to turn it back over to nature but they cant afford to buy out the home owners. So they are regulating home owners out of their homes … its called a regulatory taking of property with out just compensation. in other words the US Government stealing property from Americans.

  3. thanks cheryl. I am at a loss of words as we are the POORER shore and we are on cliffs at least 106 feet above the water. It takes more than 9 months to get a dec permit and then the town will not issue a permit- that’s the epa here in the town of Brookhave- which we call Crookhaven. All we need is a small bulldozer to push OUR sand back against the bulkheads- we have fresh water now at the bottom and it’s at least 15 feet down from the cliff- where sand should be. Can you imagine they were willing to spray chemicals to kill any mosquitoes- Idiots all of tem. Thanks for listening, sincerely wendy berman tastrom

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