Saying that oceanfront residents in Southampton need their own flexible emergency fund to deal with erosion threats, the town board on Tuesday night approved the creation of a special Bridgehampton Beach Erosion Control District.
The district, which runs along the ocean from Flying Point Road to the border of the village of Sagaponack, will be a special taxing district, authorized to raise $200,000 to pay for emergency repairs.
Property owners will be charged $12.80 a waterfront foot of property, until the money is raised, and additional taxes will only be needed if some of the money is spent. A house with 120 feet of beachfront would pay $1,536 in taxes.
The creation of the district had been requested by several oceanfront property owners. Because the creation of such a district is subject to permissive referendum, property owners who oppose it have until Nov. 29 to file a petition with the town seeking a formal referendum.