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


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 | Beaches | Sand (hydraulic) | Sandy soils | Groins (structure) | Coastal protection structures | Erosion | Beach protection and nourishment | United States

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