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Local Crews Work Together After Barge Runs Aground

Contractors removed 400 tons of stone from a beached barge on Saturday.

A barge carrying approximately 400 tons of stone to a project in the area ran aground off Hampton Bays and two local excavating companies responded to help.

Keith Grimes Inc., which has offices in Montauk and Bridgehampton, said they responded Saturday with , a Southampton business, and unloaded the barge, which beached a few days ago off East Landing Road, on the Great Peconic Bay.

Costello Marine, a Greenport-based marine company, had been trying to unload the barge from the water-side, but needed the extra assistance. The two companies' excavators arrived Saturday and removed the load stone by stone. The work was completed around 7 p.m.

"We went to help a friend out," said Susan Grimes, a Montauk resident and the vice president of Keith Grimes, Inc. "They thought they could float out it tonight, but it was too windy," she said. Their sons Peter Grimes and David Grimes were also on scene Saturday night, along with a small crew.

Crews are going to wait until morning, and high tide, to try to free it. Excavators will dig around it, while a Costello Marine tugboat will attempt to pull the barge into deeper waters.

The barge was reportedly on its way to a Costello Marine project in the area.

wendy schellinger schwob December 30, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Great job...need I say more?
Doe, John December 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The lunacy of this is that homeowners on the Bay are not allowed by the enviro-nuts at Town Hall to build bulkheads. The geniuses at Town Hall believe that (1) mining boulders, (2) trucking boulders to Suffolk County, (3) dumping boulders in a lot (4) moving boulders onto a barge, (5) burning large quantities of diesel to move the loaded barge, (6) disrupting the bottom of the Bay to unload the barge, and (7) transporting heavy equipment to the site to install the boulders is environmentally superior to having a local marine company build a bulkhead that would do far more to protect homeowners' property than all of the boulders ever will do. When are we going to get some adult supervision and judgment in Town Hall?
Doe, John December 31, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Spoken like a true local who doesn't live on the water. Since we on the water pay a disproportionate share of the property taxes, we have the right to keep the property that we have. I can understand that, being from EH, you probably are an Obama liberal who doesn't respect property rights, so I understand from where you are coming. Nevertheless, you should want the property owners on the water to be able to maintain our properties so that we continue paying our "fair share," i.e., the majority, of the property taxes. If our property is allowed to wash away, as you desire, you would be called upon to pay more of the taxes that you probably voted for the "rich".
Rick Hoyt December 31, 2012 at 03:51 AM
That Barge is our Government, ran aground, Rudderless.All the Rocks are the Senate, Congress and the President, dumb as "Rocks" and Look,They're Not talking to each Other Either, Complete Silence, Where's The Transparency ? Sorry for the Sarcasm, It's Just a Suitable Metaphor of where this Country is Presently.
Doe, John December 31, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I assure you that people in EH who live on the water pay more property tax per acre of assessed land...download the town's assessment data some day and scroll through it. It is also a falsehood that bulkheads cause the beach to erode...if they did, the bulkhead would collapse into the water, wouldn't it, so what end would that serve? The third falsehood is that you don't need our tax money...have you looked at the salaries and pensions the local politicians have ushered in for the public employee union members? Not to mention healthcare for themselves and their families until they die and the members of their family die. To that extent, we've all been had.
Deborah Klughers December 31, 2012 at 05:53 PM
“In 1985, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), a policy-making body for the coastal management program, studied the effects of hard structures on beaches in other states. The CRC concluded that the potential negative effects of such structures could cause irreversible damage to North Carolina’s beaches. As a result, the CRC recommended banning the construction of hard structures to protect buildings at the coast. In 2007, a group of more than 40 coastal geologists issued a statement urging North Carolina to continue its policy of banning hard structures. The scientists argued that without it, the state’s coastline would suffer from worsening erosion up and down the coast.” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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