The Town of East Hampton announced Friday that a crucial beach recovery project at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk is now complete, recovering the portions of the beach lost to storms this past winter.

The project included the placement of 5,800 cubic yards of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation-approved white sand. Southampton Excavation and Site Development commenced work on June 17, and the project was completed on Wednesday, June 26.

“Protecting our shoreline and the Ditch Plain neighborhood is paramount as we confront the challenges posed by climate change,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez. “This project exemplifies our commitment to safeguarding East Hampton’s natural resources and infrastructure. From Town departments working hand-in-hand to local stakeholders’ unwavering support, this achievement showcases what can be accomplished when a community comes together to protect our natural treasures.”

Ditch Plains after the recent storms |. East Hampton Town photo
Above: Ditch Plains after the storms this winter, and At Top, after the replenishment this week |. East Hampton Town photos

The second phase of this project is scheduled to begin this fall and will be engineered by Coastal Science & Engineering, Inc., which will recover the dune system to further shield the community from flooding and infrastructure damage.

The Town of East Hampton has allocated $1.75 million from its capital budget for both phases of the project, and is seeking matching funds from New York State Governor Kathy Hochul.

“The completion of this first phase ensures that Ditch Plains Beach is ready for residents and visitors to enjoy this summer,” said Town Councilman David Lys. “It’s a testament to the collaboration between our community and the town, enabling us to minimize disruptions and protect our neighborhoods effectively.”

Lifeguards will be stationed at the beach this summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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