State regulators have reportedly issued a letter to a Montauk hotel, saying that concrete rings installed to form a dune and prevent further erosion are outside the scope of permitted use.
According to a recent Newsday article, the Department of Environmental Conservation issued a letter to the owners of the Royal Atlantic Beach Resort Hotel earlier this month.
While the hotel owners had applied for a permit to shore up their beachfront after Hurricane Sandy hit last year, "work that was conducted beyond the scope of the general permit, including the placement of concrete rings on the beach prior to the placement of approved sand," prompted the letter, according to the report.
This isn't the first time the south side of Montauk has been hit hard by a storm, with beach remediation necessary to sustain one of the hamlet's main tourism dollar-drivers. Following a Nor'Easter in late 2010, existing concrete rings were exposed under a hotel deck after sand was washed away.
State regulators are reportedly in talks with the hotel owner to find a solution.