Jul 202014
 

SURF MOVIE NIGHT XII

is just around the corner.

We NEED VOLUNTEERS!

We need folks to help us get raffle prizes from local businesses, starting right now.

We also need folks to help out  for the Night of Wednesday, August 6th at Guild Hall in East Hampton Village.

This is our showcase summer event, and this year will be a big one! 

Please respond to Stephen at

vicechair@easternli.surfrider.org

with your email and phone number.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Our chapter also needs a new

Volunteer Coordinator 

and an

Assistant Webmaster

Please respond to Juliana at chair@easternli.surfrider.org

Thanks!

Jul 032014
 
WHAT WE DO:
Our chapter’s Coastal Issues committee members spoke at the EH Town Hall meeting with Army Corp of Engineers regarding Downtown Montauk. We reiterated our position that the best approach for Downtown Montauk is to relocate all the structures on the primary dune and, subsequently, restore and replenish the dune and beach. We also voiced our concern and objection regarding the use of geotextile bags/tubes as an erosion control solution. Finally, we asked that Ditch Plains Beach also be included in a soft solution to the coastal erosion issues confronting Montauk.
The Coastal Issues Committee has since attended an EH Town Board work session that included a presentation by First Coastal, a frequent Army Corp subcontractor, that discussed the value of “at risk” property in Downtown Montauk and the process by which the Army Corp evaluates projects. At this meeting we asked that the Town Board commence a similar study of the value of “at risk” property in Ditch Plains to further support a larger Corp project that would include Ditch Plains in a soft solution that involved the relocation of vulnerable properties. We also reviewed a presentation on the Lake Montauk Watershed Plan that calls for steps to be taken to reverse the trend of deteriorating water quality in many parts of Lake Montauk. We continue to engage with EH Town Board members and other County, State and Federal politicians on these issues.

DECEMBER 2013 PRESS RELEASE:

Members of the Eastern Long Island Chapter of Surfrider Foundation took to the field this month to document the conditions of the ocean beach and dune in the vicinity of downtown Montauk.

One year after Hurricane Sandy, the natural primary dune extending from South Emery Street west to the bluffs south of Old Montauk highway was found to be in excellent condition. The section of dune between South Emery Street and South Eton Street measured between 18 – 24 feet in height, 120 – 180 feet in width, and the average distance between the new moon high tide line and the seaward toe of the dune was 70 feet. The primary dune here provided excellent protection from storm surge and surf associated with Sandy.

The situation east of South Emery Street was a completely different story. Most of this stretch of ocean beach has no primary dune, a result of motel and condo construction where the original primary dune was located. Distances between the new moon high tide line and the seaward edge of decks and foundations found at Ocean End, Ocean Surf, Ocean Beach and the Royal Atlantic motels ranged between 56 – 72 feet. When compared to distances measured at the natural dune to the west, these measurements confirm that portions of the motels are located directly atop where the natural dune line would be.

The Eastern Long Island Chapter of Surfrider Foundation supports the Army Corps of Engineers option that calls for rebuilding the primary dune in alignment with the natural dune line west of Emery Street. This option has the dual benefit of providing protection for a large section of downtown Montauk while initiating critical long-term planning that best deals with the nature of our dynamic shoreline.

 

The natural dune at Kirk Beach is in excellent condition post-Sandy. Note the motel constructed where the dune should be.

The construction of motels on the ocean beach destroyed the primary dune in downtown Montauk.

"Spring" high tides reach the snow fencing in front of these motels. The natural dune line would be located where the motels now sit. An artificial dune constructed seaward of these motels would be located in the intertidal zone.

“Spring” high tides reach the snow fencing in front of these motels. The natural dune line would be located where the motels now sit. An artificial dune constructed seaward of these motels would be located in the intertidal zone.

Feb 072014
 

Chapter Meeting – All Members Wednesday February 26, 2014 MERCADO Mexican Grill 1970 Montauk Hwy  Bridgehampton, NY 11976 631 237-1334 Details to follow… Join us at 6pm (Happy Hour till 6:30) Meeting follows after WEDNESDAY Feb. 26, 2014 Get outta the house! Bring a friend, Your beach needs you, We need you!