The East Hampton Town Trustees claim ownership of certain ocean beaches from mean low water to the grass lines at the base of the dunes.   

The Trustees require permits for the maintenance of dunes and existing hard structures such as revetments.  However, the Trustees are not responsible for the maintenance of such structures, the homeowners are.

The Trustees generally claim ownership to the bayside beaches as well: from the low water mark to the base of the existing dune or bluff.

Through a partnership agreement with the Town of East Hampton, the Town beach driving permits are available through the office of the Town Clerk located at Town Hall located at 159 Pantigo Road. 

The Trustees continue to defend and protect the right to public access to all our beaches in East Hampton.


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Demonstration Living Shoreline Project

Learn about the benefits of living/ natural shoreline here and check out our progress on the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center Living Shoreline project in Southold.

NOAA Living shorelines support resilient communities chart.

Living shorelines use plants or other natural elements to stabilize coastlines. A comparison of living and hardened shorelines. Image from NOAA.

Living Shorelines vs Bulkheading

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With continued sea level rise and a potential increase in storm frequency and intensity due to a changing climate, there is a growing demand for shoreline protection on Long Island. The impacts of hardened shorelines are well established. Developing alternative forms of shoreline protection that do not negatively impact our shorelines, while also providing benefits to our coastal ecosystem, is a priority for the Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) .

Living shorelines provide habitat for native plants and wildlife while also providing many other benefits.

Photo courtesy of Peconic Estuary Partnership

From Sea Grant – more information about Long Island Shoreline Management-

Safe Beach Fire

Planning to enjoy a beach fire? If it ever stops raining, that is. Be a good neighbor and follow safety rules. Fires must be in a metal container, coals extinguished with water and removed from beach. Failure to follow regulations at can result in a fine. shark tracker

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