A few hours before two of the first protestors appeared in East Hampton Town Justice Court yesterday morning on charges of disorderly conduct for refusing to move away from the Army Corps construction site on the downtown Montauk ocean beach, Kim Wells became the 14th protester arrested.
A sandbag seawall being built to armor the downtown Montauk ocean shore will be completed, town officials said Monday, despite a swell of vehement protest and opposition that arose after beach excavation and pile driving for wooden access walks got under way early this month.
Three more people were arrested on the Montauk beach on Friday morning while protesting the Army Corps’s construction of a sandbag revetment there. The arrests were the latest in a series of early morning incursions that began Friday by opponents of the project into the oceanfront work site.
To support both a homeowner’s right to rent and East Hampton Town’s proposed rental registry is not a mutually exclusive stance, the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee was told at its meeting on Monday, and something must be done to curtail illegal rentals that are detrimental to quality of life.