Asharoken Beach Restoration

Below please find recent information/correspondence relating to the sand restoration issue on Asharoken

Update from DEC

posted Dec 11, 2016, 6:00 PM by POENB Association

On November 22, 2016, the DEC sent a letter to the Village of Asharoken explaining what information the Village needed to provide to move the ASDRP Project forward and requested a decision by the Village on whether or not they would be able to provide this information by December 7, 2016. The Village requested an extension to the deadline in a November 28, 2016 letter to DEC. After discussions with the Corps, the DEC sent a follow-up letter to the Village, dated December 5, 2016, explaining that the Corps intended to notify their chain of command in December that they planned to complete the Project with a negative report if a response is not received by the Village.
The Village has verbally agreed to provide a response to DEC's November 22nd letter by January 10th after they have taken a survey of the residents regarding the Project.  If the Project is suspended by the Corps, discussions with the Town of Huntington, Village of Asharoken, Corps, and other Federal, State, and local agencies will be needed to discuss potential alternatives to the Project.

Chief, Coastal Erosion Management Program
Division of Water
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


posted Feb 19, 2016, 4:35 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 4:44 PM ]

    February 19th letter from Mayor Letica with a proposed timeline from the NYSDEC for the future steps in the Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Project along with several questions and answers

February 12, 2016 letter from Mayor Letica

posted Feb 19, 2016, 4:24 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 4:25 PM ]

February 12, 2016
Dear Neighbors:

Yesterday the Village emailed everyone a copy of Asharoken's response to the USACE on the proposed Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Project and also posted a full copy to the website at I would encourage everyone to take the time to read the Village's response. Additional supporting information is on the website including some excellent photographs that support the Village's position. I will keep you informed once we receive a response from the USACE.

The Village owes Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce an enormous debt of gratitude for her tireless work to get this response written. She spearheaded this project and did a phenomenal job, producing a clear, concise and spot-on reflection of the Village's feeling on the ASDRP. Pam has been fully invested in the beach restoration for the last couple of years. She has become an expert on the project, solicited letters of support for the project, attended countless meetings, ran small group information sessions at her home and always represented the Asharoken in a diplomatic and professional manner. She has really done a remarkable job for the Village. Thank you so much Pam.

I would also like to thank Village Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse for an excellent job in providing needed data for the report, editorial input as the report was prepared, and the unenviable task of assembling all of the documents for distribution. As always Nancy went above and beyond what is expected of her to help Asharoken. Finally, the Village's Coastal Geologist, Aram Terchunian, gave Asharoken excellent guidance throughout the process.

The Village will strive to find Co-Sponsors for the project to defer the costs if the residents desire to go forward with the restoration. I have already spoken to Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone about the Town of Huntington joining the Village as a Co-Sponsor. This week I also wrote a letter to Suffolk Legislator Dr. William Spencer seeking his assistance to help Asharoken get Suffolk County on board as a Co-Sponsor. Click here to read the letter. Realistically, because Huntington is constrained by a tax cap with a 0.12% limit, and Suffolk County is having serious financial difficulties, additional funding may be very challenging to acquire. But the Village will do all it can to get outside financial assistance. The better news is that if this project were to go forward the earliest it could start would be in 2018 so there is ample time to explore Co-Sponsor support.

Next week the Village will be sending out a timeline and explanation of the upcoming steps as we move forward with completion of the Feasibility Study.

I hope that everyone stays warm the next couple of days. Fortunately, our February cold snap will only last a couple of days this year compared to last year where it was the entire month. So toss an extra log on the fire, put on an extra sweater, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the beauty of Asharoken in the winter!

Wishing everyone a great weekend, Mayor Greg Letica

Village Files Response to ACOE Draft Feasibility Report

posted Feb 19, 2016, 4:20 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 4:21 PM ]

The Village of Asharoken has filed a formal response to the Army Corp of Engineers Draft Feasibility Report. The full response and footnotes are viewable online:

Coastal Engineer Analysis

posted Feb 10, 2016, 6:47 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 6:48 PM ]

Coastal Engineer Report Now Online

On February 3, 2016, the Board of Trustees met for a presentation by Aram V. Terchunian, the Village's Coastal Engineer from First Coastal Corp. Mr. Terchunian reviewed and provided analysis of the ACOE/DEC Draft Feasibility Report.

Elected Official Letters

posted Feb 2, 2016, 8:01 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 8:02 PM ]

Copies of letters written by our elected officials to the ACOE concerning Asharoken beach restoration and road protection

Teleconference with ACOE & DEC

posted Jan 30, 2016, 10:34 AM by POENB Association   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 10:39 AM ]

January 28, 2016
Dear Neighbors:

On January 19 Deputy Mayor Pierce, Aram Terchunian (the Village's Coastal Geologist), Rob Holmes from the the beach committee and I had a teleconference with the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State DEC about the beach restoration project. Rob was kind enough to prepare a summary of many of the questions asked and their answers. Additionally, Aram added comments to Rob's summary.

In an effort to keep you fully informed on the ASDRP, I have included this document for your review: I would like to thank Rob for his hard work to prepare this summary which required quite a bit of effort.

Wishing you a great day,

Mayor Greg Letica

UPCOMING: Coastal Engineer Presentation:

posted Jan 30, 2016, 10:30 AM by POENB Association   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 10:31 AM ]

From Asharoken Website...

UPCOMING: Coastal Engineer Presentation:
February 3, 2016

The Board of Trustees will meet for a presentation by the Village's Coastal Engineer from First Coastal Corp. The Coastal Engineer will review and provide analysis of the draft Feasibility Report. The meeting and presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30pm at the Northport Power Plant, 301 Waterside Road. A Photo ID will be required for entry.

Message from Mayor Letica

posted Dec 12, 2015, 9:38 AM by POENB Association   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 9:45 AM ]

Dear Village and Eaton's Neck residents,

I would like to thank all of you who attended the ASDRP Public Meeting that was
held on December 9th.  The large attendance and thoughtful questions that people asked are a critical step towards getting the ASDRP completed.

I have attached a copy of my comments that I read at the meeting.
Thank you for all your support and interest.

Mayor Greg Letica

Comments at Meeting

December 9th meeting with ACOE and DEC reports

posted Dec 10, 2015, 6:06 PM by POENB Association   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 6:07 PM ]

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