Several hundred people attended an East Hampton Town Board meeting in Montauk on Tuesday morning to ask for a halt to the construction of a downtown beach sandbag seawall by the Army Corps of Engineers, after ongoing protests and civil disobedience since Friday.
Two more protestors were arrested Monday morning after breaching the oceanfront work zone on Montauk's downtown beach, where contractors for the Army Corps are building a sandbag seawall along an almost two-thirds-of-a-mile stretch.
Surfers in Montauk paddled out into the ocean under a sunny sky on Sunday morning to form a symbolic “line of defense” in protest of the Army Corps’s construction on the downtown Montauk beach of a sandbag wall, which got under way in recent weeks.
Three people were arrested on a Montauk beach early Friday morning after about two dozen protesters gathered to block the path of bulldozers working on construction of a sandbag wall along the downtown shore.
Montauk residents who watched this week as bulldozers took out sand dunes and an excavator scooped sand from along the downtown shore where the Army Corps of Engineers is building a 3,100-foot long sandbag seawall filled Town Hall on Thursday night and asked the town board to stop the project.
East Hampton Democrats won a decisive victory on Tuesday as Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, and Councilwoman Sylvia Overby defeated their Republican challengers by comfortable margins.
Opponents of a rental registry law proposed by the East Hampton Town Board, which will be the subject of a public hearing on Nov. 19, have set up a website, a Facebook page, and an online petition to advocate against the law.