Despite organized protests and daily arrests, yesterday the East Hampton Town Board issued a press release stating that the Army Corps plan to rebuild downtown Montauk beaches will go ahead. "In balancing all of the information, the Town Board sees no basis upon which to halt this project and fully supports completion of this interim protective measure until the completion of the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study (FIMP)." Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc stated, "The Town Board is charged with the responsibility of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the Town of East Hampton. The Town Board cannot ignore the specific findings made in the Corps' environmental review, nor can it ignore the federal court's rationale in protecting the public's interest by undertaking this project."
Defend H2O, which is suing to stop the project, stated, "Although today's statement by the Supervisor and the other elected officials who had a hand in this tragedy in-the-works was disappointing news, it wasn't unexpected. Tomorrow we show up like we have every day and tell them what we think. We forge on."
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