MONTAUK - Montauk residents whose homes were severely damaged by last week's blizzard are calling on local, state and federal officials to come up with a long-term plan to protect their shoreline. At a public meeting of the East Hampton Town Board, a few dozen residents said the time for talk has passed and the time for action is now. The Montauk residents are not only asking for the enormous short-term problems caused by last week's storm to be addressed, but also to ensure that Montauk's beaches can be sustained for years to come. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be touring the East End tomorrow, the first step toward perhaps declaring Montauk a disaster area.
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