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Beach Barriers In Hamptons Pit Summer People Against Regular Residents

A summer sunset in Water Mill, N.Y. (file / credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for EFG)

A summer sunset in Water Mill, N.Y. (file / credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for EFG)

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The post-superstorm Sandy reality is pitting wealthy Hamptons summer homeowners against the year-round residents.

Some of the summer residents are building barriers to protect their homes from future storms, but the barriers are forcing the water to eat away at public beaches.

Mark Epley, the mayor of Southampton Village, says it’s a big problem.

Homeowner Wayne Clark admits there is no easy answer.

“So you need to compromise somewhere down the line there and come up with a solution somewhere. But it’s not happening. The engineers have got to come up with something,” he told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

One conservationist says the only real solution is to pick up the oceanfront homes and move them back.

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