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Town creates Bridgehampton beach erosion district

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.

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