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Hundreds Of Local Surfers From Montauk, NY Are Protesting To Save Their Beaches

"I'm not sure why humans want to control nature. It's incredible that taxpayer money gets used to protect private homes/condos from natural environmental patterns." - Professional Surfing Icon Kelly Slater

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Over this past week, residents of Montauk, NY have been getting arrested by local police, for protesting Government plans to put up a Sandbag wall on one of their public beaches.

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Montauk's Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell believes constructing this Sandbag Wall on one of their public beaches is the best "Short-Term Solution" to protect the town's hamlet from flooding in case of a hurricane.

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The Army Corps were recently given the OK to begin construction on one of the public Montauk Beaches. Many residents though believe this will result in losing one of their most prized beaches, which could drastically affect the whole Montauk community.

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The sandbag wall, opponents say, could result in complete loss of the Montauk beach and change the natural character of the ocean shore and the community.

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An aerial shot of what construction currently looks like.

At their last town hall meeting, Mr. Cantwell claimed that there's nothing left that can be done. He said the plan is "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered".

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Hundreds of surfers occupied the beach sand, as well as the ocean.

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These Surfers have not, and will not, go quietly. They will continue to protest until their voice is heard loud and clear.

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Kelly Slater, known as one of the greatest surfers to ever live, caught wind of these protests on social media. After seeing these protests, he immediately reached out to his 1.3 million followers on Instagram to help support the cause.

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"I'm not sure why humans want to control nature. It's incredible that taxpayer money gets used to protect private homes/condos from natural environmental patterns." - Kelly Slater

These Protests resulted in getting the attention of thousands of people over the internet....as well as delaying the start to those Contractor's Work Day.

Police will continue to arrest anyone getting in the way of the construction site. But it's not stopping anyone from protesting...

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Protester's voices become stronger when the police get involved

These local residents will fight at all costs to preserve the beautiful beaches of Montauk.

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  1. Should The Town of Montauk re-consider building a Sandwall? Or are the Protesters Wasting their time.

    They should reconsider and listen to the local residents. It's their beach.
    They should reconsider and listen to the local residents. It's their beach.
    The Protesters are wasting their time. Protecting summer homes and condos with taxpayer money is a high priority.
    The Protesters are wasting their time. Protecting summer homes and condos with taxpayer money is a high priority.

Hundreds Of Local Surfers From Montauk, NY Are Protesting To Save Their Beaches

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Should The Town of Montauk re-consider building a Sandwall? Or are the Protesters Wasting their time.
  1. They should reconsider and listen to the local residents. It's their beach.
     
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    They should reconsider and listen to the local residents. It's their beach.
  2. The Protesters are wasting their time. Protecting summer homes and condos with taxpayer money is a high priority.
     
    vote votes
    The Protesters are wasting their time. Protecting summer homes and condos with taxpayer money is a high priority.
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