Where We Stand
December 31, 2012
The East Hampton Conservators have always supported the protection of the Atlantic Double Dunes. They are a unique feature and habitat that require the most protection necessary for preservation. The Double Dunes contribute significantly to East Hampton's sense of place, distinct character and history.
Any attempt to minimize the significance of the Double Dunes, their varied habitats, ancient soil distribution and topography must be vigorously fought. They are irreplaceable.
The East Hampton Conservators join the Nature Conservancy and the East Hampton Trustees in opposing the application before the Village of East Hampton's Zoning Board concerning the building of a pool and deck at 38 Two Mile Hollow Rd. Alternatives must be considered to negate any impact on the Atlantic Double Dunes.
We also recently submitted the letter below to the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals. It expresses our dismay at and opposition to a request for a variance from another property owner on the Atlantic Double Dunes, who wishes to maintain there a hardened structure he built in defiance of East Hampton Town Code.
We salute the ZBA for its decision on December 11, 2012, to deny the request for an after-the-fact permit.
The Atlantic Double Dunes are unique to East Hampton, at least a thousand years old according to many estimates, home to a special ecosystem of vegetation and animals, and a natural barrier against wholesale destruction from hurricanes. A special natural resources permit from the ZBA is required prior to any work that disturbs the fragile dunes, a regulation which in this case was ignored.
Preserving and protecting the integrity of the Atlantic Double Dunes is critical for our environment and our safety.