East Hampton: Montauk dune work will continue
East Hampton officials say work will proceed as planned for the controversial Montauk beach dune project.
The town board says it's listened to concerns, but feels the half-mile sand wall will help protect Montauk Village from future flooding.
Many local residents want to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from tearing down Montauk dunes and replacing them with thousands of sandbags.
Supporters say that the work is aimed at protecting the beach, as well as the downtown area to the north.
Opponents of the plan have sued, claiming the work will make erosion worse in other places. A protester against the project was arrested Tuesday morning after standing in the way of a truck.
They want the town to stop the work and wait for a more extensive federal project that involves widening the beach.
"I understand people's concerns about this. They're legitimate concerns, but without the completion of this project, we're left vulnerable. We'll be left with an incomplete project," says East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.