Flanders residents call for Long Neck Canal dredging

FLANDERS - Residents in Flanders are calling on Suffolk County to dredge the Long Neck Canal, which they say has been filling up with seaweed and silt because the neck of the waterway is clogged with sand.

According to neighbors, the buildup has created a foul odor, making it difficult to enjoy their own backyards. They believe the dredging process hasn't happened because it can be costly to complete the required soil samples and gain approval from multiple government agencies.

Southampton Town Trustee President Eric Shultz says that as a solution, the town would like to use Stony Brook University students. He says the school has a new soil-care sample machine, which can complete the required tests at about a fifth of the price.

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