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Hard Structures, Hard Choices to Protect Downtown Montauk

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An East Hampton Town Board committee agreed that nothing is off the table, including a hard structure like a revetment, in defending Montauk's downtown business district from storm surge. The dunes that protect downtown Montauk were severely eroded by Superstorm Sandy, and until they are rebuilt (but first, they have to find some sand), the business district is vulnerable. (A revetment is a sloping hard structure that absorbs the energy of incoming water.)
Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson has urged local representatives, state senators, assemblymen as well as Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer to press the Army Corps of Engineers "to allot $20 million to create an engineered beach from Ditch Plain west through Montauk's downtown."
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