Dispute in Hamptons Set Off by Effort to Hold Back Ocean

Construction of a large rock revetment, certainly one of the largest structure in the entire US designed to protect only one house. Learn more


Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit last fall, Joshua Harris, a billionaire hedge fund founder and an owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, began to fear that his $25 million home on the water here might fall victim to the next major storm. So he installed a costly defense against incoming waves: a shield of large metal plates on the beach, camouflaged by sand…

“If you build a structure like that, the beach is going to disappear,” Robert Young, a coastal geologist hired by the town of Southampton, told The New York Times. “The sea wall is not there to protect the beach. It is there to protect the property behind the beach.”

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