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Letter: A better site for new dune on Fire Island

Bellport's Ho-Hum Beach on Fire Island in 2013.

Bellport's Ho-Hum Beach on Fire Island in 2013. Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

We lost our house, which was demolished by Sandy. We want and need the federal dune project on Fire Island to proceed [“End of an era,” News, Jan. 10]. However, I disagree with the location of the dune.

Getting 400 easements to anchor the proposed dune on private property is making the island skinnier and offering less protection for the South Shore.

A dune of the same height and width was overwashed by Tropical Storm Irene and washed away by Sandy. The new one won’t provide the protection.

A higher and wider dune — 18 by 50 feet — placed south of the houses would provide the additional protection of the setback and would better protect all of Long Island, including the South Shore. This would also save the expense of easements and buyouts.

Peter Incorvaia, Ocean Bay Park