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Critical Meeting this Weekend

This Saturday, May 25th at 3:30pm in Village Hall (Court Room), Quogue’s mayor and trustees will be holding a public hearing of great consequence for the future of Quogue’s natural beach. 

The special meeting has been called to approve or deny a proposal by Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation (“SDBF”) to establish an erosion control district in Quogue. 

The special tax district is intended to socialize the costs of a long term beach engineering project, which will be launched following the formation of the district. Its creation would impose SDBF’s project and its costs upon all homeowners within the district, absent consensus support. 

As the Village Beach falls within the planned district, all current and future Quogue residents will be affected, while the unintended environmental consequences of dredging will impact the entirety of Quogue’s beachfront.

SDBF represents a small subset of homeowners who have been advocating for variations of a beach engineering project since 2011.

In 2015, the Village appointed an equal number of SDBF and CCQ representatives, in addition to “nonpartisan” advisers, to a Beach Advisory Committee. The Committee concluded in 2017 that SDBF’s engineering project was unnecessary, instead recommending less invasive and more affordable methods of erosion control. CCQ maintains that the measure would be ecologically harmful and fiscally unsustainable.

The mayor and trustees will be voting to approve or deny the creation of the tax district following the meeting. Thus, Saturday’s public hearing constitutes the community’s only opportunity to register feedback regarding the plan.

We encourage all members of the community to reacquaint themselves with the science, potential consequences, and precedent of the matter, and please attend on Saturday to make your voices heard.

If you are unable to attend, you are invited to write a letter to the mayor at PSartorius@villageofquogueny.gov.

Please spread the word to your family and neighbors.

Could Dredging Quogue’s Ocean Floor Harm Our Beachfront?

We are all stewards of our beach. All homeowners in Quogue consider our ocean beaches a precious natural resource, and all should have a say on any proposal that would alter our coastline.

The impact on Quogue’s oceanfront will not only affect a specific area (an est.1.3 miles of Quogue beach) as is proposed, but our entire 2.7 miles of oceanfront and our community as a whole. Continue reading Could Dredging Quogue’s Ocean Floor Harm Our Beachfront?

Beach Replenishment May Have ‘Far Reaching’ Impacts on Ecosystems

UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems.

The scientists, who studied the effects of beach replenishment efforts on the abundance of intertidal invertebrates at eight different beaches in San Diego County, discovered that the movement of sand onto those beaches resulted in a more than twofold reduction in the abundance of intertidal invertebrates after 15 months.

“Such reductions may have far reaching consequences for sandy beach ecosystems,” the researchers warn in their paper, “as community declines can reduce prey availability for shorebirds and fish.”

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