Author William Sargent contends that Plum Island should be vacated and restored to its original purpose: To protect the mainland and absorb the brunt of the brutal force of the wind and sea.
Left: William Sargent, author of "Beach Wars," stands behind his home in Ipswich. Plum Island can be seen in the distance. Next
The houses and other structures that cover the island “don’t allow the beach to move,” said Sargent, “so it can’t re-form. You lose that ability of the barrier beach to rebuild itself.”
At left: Some of the homes on Annapolis way on Plum Island are in danger from severe beach erosion. The town has issued a island-wide emergency order.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued the first permit to allow beach scraping to protect five properties on Annapolis Way. Next
Residents have filed for a local bylaw change in Newbury to create an emergency coastal mitigation plan.
Plum Island resident Bob Connors, left, said state and federal policies and regulation issues prohibit owners from taking action to protect their properties. Next
“We truly believe that if one house is in danger, we’re all in danger," Connors said.
Left: The view of some of the dunes on Plum Island. Back to the beginning
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