Sand Rights: A Case Study of the Hamptons' Beaches

by Stephen P. Leatherman, (M.ASCE), Lab. for Coastal Research, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sand Rights '99: Bringing Back the Beaches

Abstract:

The long Federal groins emplaced at Westhampton Beach in the 1960s resulted in accelerated erosion downdrift. The severe nor'easter of December 11-12, 1992 brought the issue to a climax as approximately 200 houses were destroyed and two new inlets were cut through the barrier beach. A lawsuit resulted in tapering of the groin field by shortening the two most westward (downdrift) groins as well as a long-term commitment from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beach renourishment. Two similarly-constructed Federal groins in East Hampton continue to cause erosional problems.



Subject Headings: Case studies | Federal government | Residential buildings | Inlets (waterway) | Barrier islands | Litigation | Coastal management | Beaches | United States

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