East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell is just as unhappy as we are about the sad state of affairs of Montauk’s beaches. In a letter dated September 7, 2016, he shared the inside track, and his thoughts as well, about who exactly is responsible for the devastation that has occurred at Montauk beaches. In it, he stands up for the East Hampton Town hamlet, saying, in a nutshell, that the Army Corps of Engineers needs to step up its not-so-good game.
Here’s the letter:
NYSDEC: Town Not Responsible for Damages to Montauk Beach Project East Hampton Supervisor Calls for Larger FIMP Project
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today informed the Town of East Hampton that the Town is not responsible for restoring and/or repairing the damages that occurred to the downtown Montauk project as a result of the storm Hermine.
Since the project has not been officially turned over to Town of East Hampton and the State of New York, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be responsible for the restoration of damages caused by this most recent storm.
“The damage incurred by this modest storm should demonstrate to the Army Corps the inadequacy of the project and its new proposal under the Fire Island to Montauk Point plan. Unfortunately, the current FIMP plan for downtown Montauk calls for the placement of 120,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed once every four years. What is needed to protect the beach and downtown Montauk is a major beach-fill project that would pump at least 1 million cubic yards of sand from an offshore source to provide the protection needed in the hamlet of Montauk,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.