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Beach Erosion Concerns in Matunuck

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By: Melissa Toupin

Roy Carpenter's Beach has been in is family for generations, but owner Rob Thorsen has never seen it look like this. Cottage after cottage along the  Matunuck beach ripped apart by Hurricane Sandy.

"It's defiantly heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking for the cottage owners the one's that actually lost their homes and the ones that are going to lose their homes," said Thorson.

"I expected some damage. We knew it was going to be bad. Did a little extra boarding up. Moved a lot of stuff around, but never thought it was be completely washed out to sea," said Domenic Gugliotti whose house was one of three lost during the surge.

As residents await word from their insurance companies Thorsen tries to figure out a way to protect what's left of the bach named for his great grandfather.

With so much of the beach carved out in the starom the focus now turns on what to do with the houses left standing in the front row.

"If we get hit by another Nor' Easter or another couple Nor' Easters some more of those cottages are going to go," said Thorsen.

One option is moving the homes in the front row, closest to the water, to the back. That's where Gugliotti says his next cottage will be.


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