Report from Kismet

I walked the entire Kismet beach today, October 24, west to east. Kismet has a high wide dune in front of four of our five walks ranging from 60′-100″ in depth except for the most easterly walk, where the first row house extends out beyond the row line. At that location, the dune has a south to north depth of about 40′. All dunes have healthy dune grass throughout. Even the small federal strip, between two of our walks, where no scraping was allowed over the past 15 years by FINS, has a dune and it is filling with new sand at the toe this past week. There is no water penetration under any first row Kismet houses. While the southerly toe of the dune line was bitten up several weeks ago, resulting in a drop off, on average of about 3′, it has now all filled in providing a comfortable, walkable grade down to the beach face. The north to south dune fencing installations of the last 3 years are still intact throughout the length of the beach except for the most southerly 2008 installation limited to one over walk location where the fencing fell some weeks ago. The Kismet ECD deliberately held off having its contractor install the 2009 Kismet allotment of dune fencing provided by the Town of Islip until this past week. All of the new poles are now installed and are still standing upright, and the new fencing on these poles is completed up to about 4 walks, with one more to go, and all new fencing is intact. The old fencing is filled with sand to the top of the poles and the new fencing is already filling in just over the past few days with sand deposited by the high tide. Today, as the tide receded, the beach face was quite wide in spite of heavy surf.
All and all, we’ve lived to fight another day.
Marsha Hunter, Commissioner
Kismet Erosion Control District.  
October 24, 2009