The work to install a fourth geotextile container and returns on the original installation is well underway below Sankaty Bluff. A trench has been dug on the south end to provide a pool for the high-pressure pump that forces seawater into the hopper some 900′ to the north. The hopper mixes the water with sand to produce […]
Work on the fourth geotextile container installation is in the preparation stage with sand being delivered to the beach, a large water pit dug and pipes laid out the length of the tubes to bring water from the pit to the hopper where it is mixed with sand that makes the slurry that is injected […]
Work has begun adding a fourth geotextile container to the pile already there and adding returns to the ends of the geotextile containers. These photos were taken on a quick trip in the rain. More to come as work progresses.
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A trench […]
We’ll be covering the installation of the fourth geotextile container soon. Until then, we are enjoying more gorgeous weather here on-island. As you can see from the photos below – the winter crowd is here. These are from Cisco and Great Point.
After several days of wind and rain we went to Sankaty Bluff to see how it was faring, considering that there was the possibility of a hurricane on the way. The hurricane is now predicted to have no impact on our east-facing beaches, but this nor’easter is still taking its shots. Even after a mild summer with […]
The Conservation Commission held a public hearing tonight on the latest geotextile container proposal. They listened to comments from several people, closed the meeting and then discussed the issue amongst themselves. The issue is a settlement proposed to allow the geotextile containers for three years with monitoring. They will approve or disapprove the settlement within […]
For reasons we can’t fathom, the ironically named Sconset Beach Preservation Fund wants to install a fourth geotextile container on top of their current construction. We are baffled by this desire, as no waves have reached the top of the existing structure, much less traversed it to reach the bluff. To add a fourth geotextile container would require heavy […]
The geotextile container issue is back in front of the ConCom as they are asked to agree to a settlement that the SBPF and the town worked out that would allow the geotextile containers to stay as a test case and would involve adding a fourth geotextile container and the returns. We are perplexed at […]
Dirck and I made a few stops this afternoon on a cool day here on Nantucket. We took a walk down Mill Street, ate at a new restaurant here which we highly recommend and then went out to the bluff.
A garden at a house which was built in 1790.
Barcos y Tacos […]
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There is lots of new work to see in our portfolio section including a new section titled “Sand and Tides” and we have several new series. We […]
We made a trip to the Sankaty Bluff tonight to see how it fared after the recent heavy rains and saw that fresh dirt continues to fall from the top, further eroding the edge. A great deal of sand was added to the bluff in the vicinity of Swept Away and the two building remnants to the north prior […]
Both houses we have photographed on Nantucket’s North Shore that were close to the edge have now been moved and new houses are being built further inland on those lots – leaving room for the bank to erode. It’s gratifying to see folks who own beach-front homes here preserve the natural state of the beach and […]
We photographed the bluff and the North Shore today. I’ll try to get photos of the North Shore up in the next couple of days. You can see our bluff photos on Nantucket Erosion. The planting over the geotextile containers is now complete. Sconset beach is a permanent construction site with the beach covered in […]
We always found Sconset Beach to be Nantucket’s most beautiful beach. Now it is its ugliest. The Baxter Road Homeowners who call themselves a beach preservation group have so destroyed the beauty of Sconset Beach that we find it hard to look at anymore. This will continue on a regular basis as you can’t have […]
They have begun planting the face of the bluff over the geotextile containers. The dirt surface has been prepared and one section completed. We’ll have a full set of photos when it is completed. They have also added a larger berm on Baxter Road to try to prevent runoff.
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We made a quick trip to the bluff tonight. The ocean was active, the wind was blowing and it was raining. We watched a dump truck pouring more island sand over the edge of the bluff. We were able to get a different view of Swept Away and Bluff Edge. The edges in front of […]
We have posted two large photos of Swept Away at 93 Baxter Road on Nantucket Erosion. The first was taken on August 3, 2014 and the second on March 15, 2015. You can see the considerable erosion around this house that is over the geotextile containers. This damage is all caused by runoff and the […]
The geotextile containers below Sankaty Bluff were permitted by the Mass Dep because there are three pre-1978 structures endangered by erosion along a short stretch of the bank. One of these structures, “Swept Away” is a cottage. Another is a small remnant of a house where “Bluff Edge” once stood, the third being an uninhabitable shed on the next lot. We found […]