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An application to "levitate" a Lazy Point home to combat eroding storm surge highlights how tricky zoning requests can be. At recent board meeting, the homeowner's lawyer requested permission to raise the house 14 feet, the minimum required by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Her engineer originally recommended seven. A town trustee thought the raise should be closer to four feet. And East Hampton's senior building inspector chimed in to remind everyone that if the repairs are great enough to trigger notice from the state, the house will need to be lifted 12 feet. The trustees unanimously rejected the application, citing a need to think long-term. "We don’t want to see McMansions." [EH Star]