The Southampton Town Board at it's Oct. 26 board meeting approved the establishment of a beach erosion control district, which will be known as the Bridgehampton Beach Erosion Control District Within The Town of Southampton. A few people in attendance spoke publically about the urgency to create this district, and how there was virtually no opposition to it. Councilwoman Nancy S. Graboski, agreed with the public, stating: "This is the best thing for our town and our beaches."
Erosion control districts are encouraged by residents who live in areas vulnerable to beach erosion. Committees are created and district lines are drawn. Residents are willing to pay for the work necessary to prevent further erosion near their homes. The Tiana Beach Erosion Control District in Hampton Bays has been reported to be successful in that endeavor.
The Bridgehampton district will cover from Flying Point Road to the village of Sagaponack boarder.
According to a summary of the proposal, the new district will be, "the development of a comprehensive dune preservation/restoration plan and the erection of capital improvements where necessary, to help arrest erosion, prevent further damage from such erosion, and provide residents with a financial source from which to supplement available resources." For emergency repair costs, the district is authorized to raise $200,000 by charging properties $12.80 per waterfront foot.
The annual tax for properties that fall within 120 feet of the waterfront will be $1,536.00.
If people wish to see official documents about this erosion control district, such as a map of it's location and plan, they are available at the Town Clerk's Office in Southampton Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.