- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ASHAROKEN, N.Y. (AP) - Officials in a wealthy Long Island beach community have unanimously voted to pull the plug on a proposed federal dune restoration project that would’ve forced some private beaches to become public.

The Asharoken Village Board’s 4-0 vote on Tuesday night effectively kills the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $23 million proposal, which was met by opposition among the small Suffolk County community.

With Asharoken’s annual budget topping out at $2 million, many citizens felt it would be difficult to manage the village’s initial estimated cost-share of $2.3 million for the restoration.

Village trustees ultimately determined that Asharoken couldn’t meet the plan’s many demands for the project.

Without the dune restoration, the village’s pricey beachfront properties are more susceptible to flooding and washouts from major storms.

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