Problem Seen With Short-Term Solution for ‘Long-Term Chronic Erosion’

Arrays of geotextile bags like these near Lazy Point, which are authorized only on a short-term emergency basis, have remained far beyond the span allowed by East Hampton Town.
Durell Godfrey

The installation of geotextile bags that are meant to be a short-term measure but have remained long after their permits’ expiration is likely to lead to the amendment of East Hampton Town’s zoning code with respect to emergency activities permitted under the protection of natural resources.

Brian Frank, chief environmental analyst in the Planning Department, told the town board earlier this month that the use of geotextile bags, which might be traditional sandbags or sand-filled tubes of various diameters that are stacked and bound together to form a seawall, was added to the code in 2007 to help protect life and property under threat of flooding or erosion.

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