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N.Y.’s Hamptons Remain Unguarded Two Seasons After Sandy

New York’s Hamptons and a swath of Long Island’s South Shore are facing the second hurricane season since Sandy ripped apart the coast. Twenty months after the storm, much of the shoreline isn’t any better protected than it was 50 years ago.

An overlapping maze of federal, state and local agencies is holding up a $750 million plan to rebuild dunes and salt marshes, and elevate and buy out homes along an 83-mile (134-kilometer) stretch from Fire Island to Montauk. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project, first authorized by Congress in 1960 and funded last year as part of the Sandy relief package, may not begin until mid-September and still awaits state and federal approval.