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January 29, 2013

Process muddies erosion efforts

Questions surround permit request to complete work

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He added Annapolis Way is “in catastrophic condition” and other roads nearby, including Southern Boulevard and Fordham Way, are next in line.

After a lengthy discussion, selectmen decided to pursue a compromise approach by having the town and the homeowners serve as co-applicants on separate notice of intent applications for four priority areas.

Nine houses on Annapolis Way will be the top priority. The dunes in that area are severely eroded and the decks of several houses are now within 10 feet of the dune scarp.

The second-highest priority encompasses seven houses located generally north of the intersection of Harvard and Fordham ways, extending about 100 feet south and 400 feet north respectively.

The third priority is 11 houses between the first and second priority areas, where dune conditions are somewhat more stable than in the first two priority areas.

The final area is located to the south of the second priority area, extending to the southern end of Fordham Way, where the beach is a bit wider and the dunes flatter than in other areas.

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