Overbearing Bulkheads

Jan 31, 2018

To the Editor:

I have owned a house in High Bar Harbor for over 30 years. We closed up the house for the winter as we always do. This past Saturday we took our annual quick ride to check on the house.

The house was fine, but I noticed a neighbor had a new bulkhead installed. It’s about 4 or 5 feet higher than his property. What gives?

Is this America’s answer to the Great Wall of China? How do you get to your boat? If you are sitting in your backyard you can’t see the water. All you can see is the wall.

Riding around High Bar Harbor I noticed another house with the same high wall. Is it coincidence or has someone passed an ordinance pertaining to these ridiculous walls. I’m no expert (it seems they are all on LBI), but I would never buy a house on a lagoon where I can’t see the water.

Jimmy Lacas

Bronx, N.Y.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Feb 01, 2018 09:25

A significant amount of flooding during SuperStorm Sandy came from the bay. As a result when the old bulkheads begin to fail, owners are building them higher to keep the bay water away from their homes.  Many bayfront owners hope their neighbors will follow suit. Like their oceanfront counterparts many bayfront owners are willing to give up some of their water view from their lower level in order to attempt to protect their home and other homes on the Island.  I’ve noticed that the bulkheads at the ends of many streets are now higher and many backflow preventers have been installed/repaired.

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