Is This The Last Hurrah For Chris Whittle?

Visitors to Christopher Whittle's elegant shingled summer home in East Hampton, N.Y., marvel at its peaceful setting. Beyond its sweeping lawns and the calm waters of Georgica Pond, a strip of sand keeps the Atlantic Ocean at bay. As Whittle puttered around the house on July 31, though, the surf might as well have been pounding on his doorstep.

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