The property owner and construction company responsible for installing an oversized revetment on the ocean shoreline in Montauk will pay a civil penalty of up to $120,000 after reaching an agreement with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, according to a press release issued by the DEC on Tuesday.
Over the past 12 years, Montauk Shores Condominiums applied for numerous revetment permits with stones that exceeded 150 pounds, but was turned down by the DEC until March 2013, when it was granted a permit to reconstruct the existing revetment.
The permit, according to the release, called for a structure “no more than 6 feet high and 12 feet wide, with stones no larger than 150 pounds.” However, the DEC discovered, after numerous complaints, that Montauk Shores Condominiums had constructed a revetment twice the size allowed by the permit, according to the release. The DEC cited violations of Tidal Wetlands and Coastal Erosion Hazard Act regulations.
“The bigger the rocks, the more likely there will be erosion on the beach,” said DEC spokesperson Aphrodite Montalvo, “which is why the original permits weren’t granted.”
The condominiums’ contractor, Keith Grimes, agreed to a consent order with the DEC to pay a $40,000 fine now, as well as an $80,000 fine that could be suspended pending compliance.
Mr. Grimes could not be reached for comment.
“The order of consent basically requires the respondents to bring the project back to permit requirements,” Ms. Montalvo said.
According to the release, the respondents must remove the rock on the 900 feet of shoreline to reduce the elevation, and must hire an engineering firm to “produce a stormwater management plan.”
The DEC was unsure of a timeline for the new project.