The storm season has taken a toll on the beaches of Water Mill, as was evident by the page one photo in last week’s paper. The eerie photo was of a somewhat apocalyptic scene created when the old cars used to bolster the dunes in front of the Water Mill Beach Club were uncovered by the strong tides that pounded the beach during a recent nor’easter.
As a follow up to that photo, a reader sent us the photo alongside this column that shows the cars placed on the beach back in the 50s or 60s. Thanks, Matt Ivans, for sending the great photo from your grandparents’ scrapbook.
Down near the cut, the steel wall protecting five or six beach houses appears to have been undermined and damaged. The various coastal storms since Superstorm Sandy have removed the sand behind the wall, and now the houses are in danger. Contractors have been called in to look over the damage to determine how to protect those homes.
One observer noted that the steel wall is a perfect example of why the Town Trustees hate hard structures on the beach—because big storms push the waves up and, with repeated storms in a season, wash away the dunes that have built up in front of the wall. After the dunes are gone, the beach area in front of the wall continues to scour out so there is no beach anymore—just ocean up to the wall. Also, during Sandy, the wall did what it has been doing for decades during hurricanes and nor’easters—it deflected the waves to the west and did damage to the Water Mill Beach Club. This year, it destroyed the building.
The Water Mill Beach Club is in the process of rebuilding the club, and it will sit on high stiles. A new house is going up next to the club, also on high stiles. This same observer predicted that within a dozen years or less we will be able to photograph those buildings sitting in ocean waves.
It might be hard to keep all your eggs in one basket at the Water Mill Community Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday. More than a thousand plastic eggs are scattered on the field by the Burnett Field House, all to be scooped up by youngsters up to age 10. Get there by 2 p.m. sharp, and if the weather takes a turn for the worse, just head over to the field house. Don’t forget to bring a container to hold the booty. Jill Raynor and Kathy Radice are the committee chairs for this very fun family event. You can call 283-7818 for more information. And high school students take note: You can earn community service hours by helping out at this event.
Water Mill’s Sarah Hunnewell is directing the latest production by the Hampton Theatre Company, “The Drawer Boy.” The New York Times has said the play is “a beautifully written piece, humorous and heart-wrenching.” This award-winning play is about two farmers whose lives are turned upside down when a young actor comes to visit. It opens at the Quogue Community Hall on Thursday and runs for three weekends, though April 7. Visit www.hamptontheatre.org for a list of show times and to purchase tickets.