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Beach erosion debate in Montauk

Sand continues to be trucked in on January

Sand continues to be trucked in on January 10,2011 and placed in front of the Royal Atlantic Beach Resort in downtown Montauk following post-Christmas blizzard that caused severe erosion at many of the ocean facing motels in downtown Montauk. Photo Credit: Doug Kuntz

In a beach-erosion debate that pits Montauk motel owners against environmentalists, the differences of opinion are stark when it comes to installing rock reinforcement to preserve sandy shorelines, the East Hampton Star reports.

Dueling views are outlined in the story titled “Perched at the Edge”.

Ocean Surf Motel owner Vinod Saggi says the lodging industry is desperate for relief from destructive storms – like the high-wind blasts on Dec. 27 – that undermine building foundations.

“The Dec. 27 northeaster nearly toppled Montauk’s motel row, and now owners want rocks to protect their buildings at least until a long-term solution is found,” the story says.

On the other hand, the Surfrider Foundation supports the current ban on rock.

“If it comes down to private property versus the beaches, the beaches win in the public’s eye. The long-term solution calls for retreat,” or moving buildings away from the shore, Surfrider member Eugene Alper says.

“There’s no two ways about it. It would be a much cheaper fix to use public funds to buy those buildings.”

Above, sand was trucked in this week at a beachfront resort in Montauk.

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