Following our most recent newsletter, Karl Grossman authored an opinion piece in his weekly column in The Southampton Press, Suffolk Closeup, focused on the proposed Quogue project.
We thank Karl for his many years of effort toward informing the public about coastal management issues, environmental stewardship and the hazards of beach engineering.
We thank The Southampton Press for allowing us to reproduce the column for our audience.
To read the piece, entitled Gone With the Sea, please click here.
On February 25th, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to First Coastal Corporation of Westhampton Beach, regarding its permit application for a beach nourishment project in Quogue. Initiated by the Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation and on behalf of the Village of Quogue, the project would pump and dump 1.1 million cubic yards of sand along the entire ocean frontage of Quogue, at an approximate initial cost of $14 million. The cost is proposed to be borne by the taxpayers of Quogue through increases in property taxes.
In its letter, the DEC requested that First Coastal, acting as the Village’s agent, address a list of project-specific concerns that the DEC received from a large number of concerned residents across the region—many of us included. First Coastal’s responses to these comments will be critical in determining whether a public hearing will be required for the application to progress, and what topics will be discussed at such a hearing.
CCQ would like to share a copy of the DEC’s letter and summary of the public’s concerns, so that our supporters can remain informed and focused on the latest developments on this important issue.
Please click here to read the letter.