Meteorologist Tim Kelley contacted us about doing a story on the recent Sankaty Beach geotextile container installation for New England Cable News. Recognizing the variety of opinions on the issues of erosion and preventative measures, he wanted to hear from members of the community and homeowners from the Baxter Road area of Sconset. We provided contact information for the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund, the Nantucket Land Council and several Baxter Road residents, and Mr. Kelley invited the public via Twitter to come to the site and comment.

The piece is expected to air in about two weeks. When we learn of the date and time, we will post it here.


NECN meteorologist Tim Kelley and camera man Mike Bellwin have their first look over the edge of the Sankaty Bluff in Sconset.


Dirck takes Mr. Kelley on a tour of the tubes, pointing out the differing aspects of beach and bluff erosion.


Kelley was interested primarily in the site dynamics and the effect this and other installations may have locally and along the New England Coast.


Dirck speaks of Van Lieu Photography’s observations made while shooting the bluff over the last five years, including last winter’s geotextile container installation.


An interview with the Nantucket Land Council’s Executive Director Cormac Collier.


Kelley listens to Jamie Feeley, principle of Cottage and Castle, the company that managed the installation of the 900′ geotextile container installation.


A climb up the stairs that provide public access to the beach.


Sconset Trust president Robert Felch generously took us on a tour of the Sankaty Lighthouse. Ashley Erisman looks on as Mr. Felch describes the evolution of the Sankaty area, including the move of the lighthouse away from the bluff’s edge.

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2 Responses to NECN Covers the Geotextile Containers

  1. Liz Trillos says:

    Thank you again for all the documentation you’ve been doing. Nantucket owes you a lot for bringing this to everyones attention. No amount of words could have addressed the change in the Sconset beach and bluff as well as your photos have.

  2. Dirck says:

    Thank you Liz!

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