Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund is a non-profit organization, formed by a group of Sconset homeowners concerned about erosion of the Sankaty Bluff and the threat it poses to the village of Sconset.
The erosion of Baxter Road—with losses of up to 30 feet during the 2012/2013 storm season—poses serious threats to our community. Erosion threatens town infrastructure, such as water and sewer lines, and has already eliminated a large section of the public access down to the beach and along the Bluff Walk. The erosion endangers many houses, which are not just private homes, but are historic structures on their own and part of a historic setting together. The erosion threatens sensitive environmental habitats, and undermines the town’s tax base by eliminating tens of millions in previously taxable assessed value.
Sconset erosion is not about a public way or private homes; it’s about our Sconset and Nantucket communities, now and for future generations. Failing to act has no benefits.
“The Sconset Beach Preservation Fund has presented the Town of Nantucket with an offer that may be too good to refuse. SBPF wants to work with the Town of Nantucket in a public-private partnership to slow, if not halt, erosion on the Sconset Bluff…The waters to the east of our island are quiet now, and the summer roses are still on the bloom, but the clock is ticking.”—Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror editorial, 6/13/13
Sconset erosion is not about a public way or private homes; it’s about our Sconset and Nantucket communities, now and for future generations. Failing to act has no benefits. There is no line in the sand to be drawn with erosion on Nantucket, as it will continue its progressive march inland.
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