Government Briefs 04.04.19

A proposal to shift the protected swimming area at Albert’s Landing away from a decaying wooden revetment was rejected by the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday. David E. Rattray

East Hampton Town

Albert’s Landing

East Hampton Town will allocate up to $15,000 to remove a portion of wooden groin on Albert’s Landing Beach in Amagansett, a popular bathing spot on Gardiner’s Bay. Lifeguards and beachgoers had said that the decaying perpendicular groin section now served no purpose and was a safety hazard. A rock-filled portion of the groin in the water will remain for now. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has already issued a permit for the work.

A suggestion to shift the area protected by lifeguards to just south of the groin was rejected on Tuesday by the town board, which cited the distance to the restrooms and parking. A steep and rutted access path used by pedestrians and four-wheel-drive vehicles will be improved nonetheless.


County to Pay 2018 Sand Share

Suffolk County will repay East Hampton Town for a share of a $1.05 million sand replenishment last spring on the downtown Montauk beach. Under the terms of the original 2015 contract with the United States Army Corps of Engineers for a sandbag seawall, the town and county were to have shared equally in the cost of keeping the tops of the synthetic-fabric sandbags covered. 

A series of spring and winter storms last year carried away nearly all of the sand, requiring that many dozens of truckloads deliver more. When sand had to be placed on the beach in late 2016 and the following year, the Army Corps covered the expense. An earlier requirement for the town and county to pay for beach grass replanting has been abandoned. 


Dredging Priorities

Work dredging Northwest Creek and the Accabonac Harbor entrance could begin within weeks after the East Hampton Town Trustees and town board agreed this week on making the two waterways a priority in their annual request to Suffolk County. Northwest Creek in particular has become choked by a sandbar that impairs tidal flow, nearly blocks the boat basin, and could lead to a decline in water quality. Both the town board and trustees are sending letters to the county expressing their preferences.


Town Line Trash

After complaints about illegal dumping and all-terrain-vehicle use along a desolate wooded portion of Town Line Road in Wainscott, East Hampton Town officials have said they will make a new enforcement push in the hope of catching those responsible. Jurisdiction over the dirt road north of Montauk Highway is shared with the Town of Southampton. In a recent visit, East Hampton Town Councilman David Lys said, he saw tons of discarded items, including a partially burned sofa.