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Hamptons beach projects most likely to be postponed

Coastal erosion imperils homes on the beach in

Coastal erosion imperils homes on the beach in Sagaponack. (Feb. 9, 2005) Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress

Beach renourishment projects in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, which have been the subject of several spirited public hearings over the past few months, most likely will be postponed until the winter of 2014.

The delay is to allow the state legislature to vote on excluding two properties that presently have conservation easements.

The $24 million “beach renourishment” project was proposed by members of two special taxing districts — the Bridgehampton Beach Erosion Control District and the Sagaponack Beach Erosion Control District — which would shore up the beach over a 6-mile stretch.

About 140 homeowners along the beachfront would essentially pay for the entire project themselves, with a small portion paid by the town for municipal land along the shore.

Two properties along the beach — the White family property in Sagaponack and the Bridgehampton Associates, a private club — are asking to be exempt because they have conservation easements that restrict their use.

The beaches have lost more than three feet of frontage each year for the past two decades, according to a representative of First Coastal Corp., the company hired by the homeowners to conduct a study of the erosion.

Dredging season is from November to early spring, said a town official, making it unlikely the project will begin before 2014 since there is a period of time needed for permits.

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